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Re: [RC] Strangles in SE region - rides2far

On Fri, 16 Jan 2009 18:59:47 -0800 Elizabeth Walker <bwalker2@xxxxxxx>
So .. if they can't be diagnosed with swabs, how do you determine  
whether a horse is a carrier or not?

So many theories seem to be out there. The way I understood it the swab
test is very accurate checking for shedding of bacteria, but that doesn't
cure a shedder, just identifies it.  (I'm living dangerously trying to
say this stuff from memory and probably  making a fool of myself here)
Small amounts of the stuff staying in the gutteral pouches could hang
around and continue to shed in rare cases. I read one description of
curing that and it involved going in and cleaning those things out
physically if I read it right. Maybe antibiotics were involved too, but
they were talking about flushes. If you realize that probably most of our
horses have had some exposure (the vet commented "it's always out there")
and you realize that it really doesn't crop up *that* often,
considering... and nobody that I know has ever had a horse checked to see
if it's a "shedder"... the odds of it hanging around after they've
recovered must be pretty low.

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