Around 10% of strangles
victims can continue to carry the bacteria whilst appearing outwardly healthy.
"The ERA can confirm that there has not been a case of strangles
in the UAE Thoroughbred racing population for more than 10 years and there were no signs suggestive of strangles
at any time in horses participating in the Dubai International Racing Carnival," the ERA statement said.
is an infectious malady of equidae characterized by upper respiratory tract infection, dyspnoea, anorexia, regional suppurative lymphadenitis and causes high morbidity and low mortality.
"Having done so, it turned out not to be strangles
, which was a huge relief all round." He added: "I wasn't going to have too many runners anyway, so it wasn't a big issue just to leave him alone for a couple of days and get the horse tested.
Peter Webbon, the AHT's chief executive, said: "Strangles
must be beaten.
can also be spread through contamination of food or water, or from the hands and clothing of stable staff.
"Everyone wants to know if your horse has strangles
, but no one wants to know you when it has.
Caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi, strangles
has many unpleasant effects including abscessed lymph nodes of the head and neck, which can in severe cases restrict the airway, leading to the name 'strangles
Plas Uchaf owner David Rae stressed his yard was free of strangles
but he said the club's decision to cancel was the "responsible way forward".
attacks a horse's larynx, leading to swollen glands that can restrict airways.
The AHT's head of epidemiology, Richard Newton, added that strangles
is the most commonly reported horse disease in the world, and unlike many contagious illnesses, is present on every continent.
This data can then be used to assess the impact strangles
has on the equestrian industry and promote the aims of the new code.