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Working with Redwings to fight Strangles

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Working with Redwings to fight Strangles

In 2015, a resident horse at Redwings Horse Sanctuary was diagnosed with Strangles.

This was the first time in 23 years that the sanctuary had had an outbreak in one of its resident herds. To ensure the swift diagnosis and containment of this highly contagious disease, they turned to the AHT for help. Together we combated the disease for eight months.

Our scientists and diagnostic laboratory staff worked closely with the Redwings team in devising and conducting laboratory testing protocols in order to clear this incursion of the disease, and together we have learned valuable new lessons. The AHT applauds Redwings openness in publicising that it had Strangles and its thoroughness and timeliness in dealing with the problem, returning its population to a Strangles-free status – we think this is a great example for others in the horse sector.

In addition, samples taken from the herd will ultimately help our research into eradicating Strangles. A greater understanding of which genes are required to cause the disease will inform and direct the AHT’s work towards the development of an effective vaccine.

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