Pre­vent­ing stran­gles

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Q I heard there’s a stran­gles vac­cine Q be­ing de­vel­oped. Is this true? Maria Wa­ters, Northamp­ton Donal says... There is a stran­gles vac­ci­na­tion avail­able in the UK and a com­bi­na­tion of good hus­bandry and vac­ci­na­tions can help to min­imise out­breaks of this dis­ease. Stran­gles is highly con­ta­gious and can be spread through both di­rect and in­di­rect con­tact. The clin­i­cal signs are usu­ally only seen be­tween three and 14 days af­ter be­com­ing in­fected, and in­clude loss of ap­petite, nasal dis­charge, cough­ing, fever and swelling of the lymph nodes. How­ever, in­fected horses can still spread stran­gles be­fore th­ese clin­i­cal signs have de­vel­oped. While vac­ci­na­tion can help pre­vent the dis­ease, it may not be suit­able in all sit­u­a­tions, so seek ad­vice from your vet.

A stran­gles vac­cine is avail­able in the UK

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