Strangles is an infectious and contagious disease of horses, which is caused by Streptococcus equi subsp. equi. Infected horses are initially pyrexic before exhibiting signs of mucoid to mucopurulent nasal discharge, depression, and abscess formation of submandibular lymph nodes. If the retropharyngeal lymph nodes are involved, horses have difficulty swallowing, inspiratory respiration noise, and extended head and neck.
Diagnosis is based on clinical findings and confirmed by bacterial culture of Streptococcus equi subsp. equi from lesions and PCR.
Days of the week test is conducted
Culture for Streptococcus equi subsp. equi
Pus, or swab in Amies transport media
Monday – Saturday2
Streptococcus equi subsp. equi PCR3
Dry swab, or culture or agar plate
Monday – Friday
Up to 5 days
1Turnaround times are provided as a guide only. For specific information about your submission please contact Customer Service.
2 Prior approval of delivery and testing on Saturday is required. Please contact Customer Service on 1800 675 623 to seek approval.
3 This test is not NATA accredited.