Thursday, 26 July 2012
: Racing Victoria stewards have advised that a horse has tested positive to Strangles and two others are displaying symptoms of the upper respiratory disease at the private property of Kyneton trainer Michael Sell.
Horse movement controls and biosecurity procedures have been implemented by the Sell stable in consultation with RV and under the guidance of a local veterinarian.
Samples were being taken from other horses at the property today and forwarded to a clinical laboratory for testing. All horses are in lockdown and cannot leave the property for a minimum of three weeks.
Trainers utilising the Kyneton Racecourse, where the Sell horses are transported to for training, are free to continue training and racing their horses, but have been requested to implement their own biosecurity procedures including twice daily temperature monitoring and hygiene procedures.
Kyneton-based trainers have been asked to contact RV stewards and their stable veterinarian should a horse show signs of a high temperature, nasal discharge and/or swollen lymph node glands in the throat.
Strangles is rarely fatal and has a low risk of airborne transmission. It is more commonly transmitted via direct contact between horses and material contacted by nasal discharges, including gear.
table hygiene and controlling the movement of horses, equipment and personnel between stables are important control procedures.
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