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Re: [RC] Strangles in SE region - Jody Rogers-Buttram

 I was at Skymont, and frankly I don't think that Angie picked it up there.  I believe your ok Angie.  The two horses I took had been vaccinated, but were due their boosters. And I was parked right next to Angie.   I have since taken my horses for their boosters, or given ones at home that wouldn't on it theirs.  I want to make sure I am as protected as possible before I go to a ride.  But the vaccine is no guarantee....but it is all we can do.  So, I would advise everyone to vaccinate for strangles, even if you usually don't, or think that your horse is too old.  Kaboot is 19 years old...and he didn't go to a ride, and HE got it.  Don't panic, just prepare for the possiblity.

--- On Fri, 1/16/09, Angie Fura <tracetribute@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: Angie Fura <tracetribute@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC] Strangles in SE region
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Friday, January 16, 2009, 11:29 AM

Angie - I rode with Cade and Josie at Skymont so I called my vet.  I learned something that I thought I should pass on to everyone.  Even though my horse Sabre is vaccinated for Strangles, he could have brought the virus home with him and infected other unvaccinated horses.   I have a new horse and I am checking right now to see if he had the vaccine.  Fortunately, he has not shown any symptoms. 
BTW - thanks for sharing this info. 
Angie Fura

From: "rides2far@xxxxxxxx" <rides2far@xxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 10:55:33 AM
Subject: [RC] Strangles in SE region

OK guys, for once I have The government website says quarantine 30 days after last symptoms. It is possible for a horse who appears recovered to continue to shed virus for several months, which is probably what happened here. Someone thought their horse was healthy but it is a "shedder" that can continue to infect others. The only way to know if a horse that recently had strangles has stopped shedding the virus is to have a series of 3 nasal swabs done in one week. ($80 per whack) I will be doing this before I bring my own horses back to a competition since it's impossible for our horses not to share water at most rides. NOBODY has to fear that I will bring it, but I definitely recommend that people get the intranasal vaccine this year since it's obviously shown up at a ride already so the opportunity to cross paths with a "shedder" is better than usual.  Sorry for the delay in info but we honestly did not know for sure what we were dealing with until 2 days ago and wanted to be sure before we said anything.

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Re: [RC] Strangles in SE region, Angie Fura