Strangles Awareness Week, supported by Farm & Stable Supplies

6th May 2020

#SAW2020 #SpeakOutOnStrangles

About Strangles

According to the Animal Health Trust, an average of 600 cases of Strangles (a highly contagious respiratory disease) occur across the UK every year, making it the country’s most prevalent equine disease, far surpassing the number of cases of equine flu which hit the headlines in 2019.

Strangles can cause misery for a horse, with possible symptoms ranging from laboured breathing, difficulty eating, depression, to a high fever, thick nasal discharge and painful abscesses. In severe cases, Strangles can even pose a risk to the horse’s life.

Strangles is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus equi that can easily spread through horse to horse contact and indirectly through contaminated equipment, handler clothing and boots etc.

Whilst Strangles is not airborne, the bacteria can spread when a horse with Strangles coughs or snorts.

An outbreak can be financially and emotionally devastating for owners and equestrian businesses with horses often remaining infectious for several weeks, resulting in costly and lengthy quarantine procedures and the potential temporary closure of livery yards and the cancellation of events.

Whilst Strangles can happen to any horse, sadly the stigma around the disease can prevent those affected from being open about an outbreak. Being open about Strangles is an essential part of preventing its spread.
Since November 2018, Redwings has been urging horse owners and yard managers to sign-up to its ‘Stamp Out Strangles Pledge’, a voluntary commitment to take proactive steps towards protecting their horses from infections disease. Over 1,080 people have already signed up.

To coincide with the announcement of Strangles Awareness Week 2020, a new online Pledge has also been launched for vets and professionals, asking them to commit to checking their own biosecurity practices and making good hygiene and Strangles prevention normal topics of conversation with their clients and to signpost them to further helpful advice and guidance. Those who pledge, will receive regular support through emails on the latest research into Strangles to help them stay one step ahead of the disease, for themselves and their clients.

For more information on Redwings and their ‘Stamp out Strangles Pledge’ visit here for more

How can Farm & Stable Supplies help you secure your horse and premises from Strangles?

The introduction of DEFRA GO approved STERI-7 XTRA High Level Surface Disinfectant Cleaner to the Equine Industry, signals the end of most harmful Viruses, Spores, Moulds and Bacteria, including the Strangles virus. This will help all Equine professionals who are looking for one product that will help provide a clean, safe environment for their horses and ultimately “Peace of Mind”.

STERI-7 XTRA High Level Surface Disinfectant Cleaner for Equine is one of the most advanced disinfectant cleaners to be introduced into the Equine marketplace, and it has been independently tested (Irish Equine Centre) and proven to remain active for 14 days after application.

This is because of an innovation called Reactive Barrier Technology, which allows STERI-7 to provide double protection against germs. When applied to a Stable wall, floor or door, all tack and even rugs and blankets, the biocide in STERI-7 kills the germs present. At the same time, a lasting barrier is created that ensures that germs subsequently introduced to it will also be killed, just as effectively 24/7.

STERI-7 has been used as an integral part of Biosecurity procedures at some of the world’s top racing yards and prestigious stud farms.

  • • STERI-7 HIGH LEVEL SURFACE DISINFECTANT CLEANER IS LISTED AS A DEFRA GENERAL ORDERS APPROVED PRODUCT
  • • APPROVED AND TESTED BY THE IRISH EQUINE CENTRE TO LAST UP TO 14 DAYS AFTER ONE APPLICATION
  • • PROVEN BIOCIDAL KILL UP TO 99.9999%
  • • PROVEN PROTECTION BETWEEN CLEANS
  • • STERI-7 IS NON CORROSIVE, WILL NOT DAMAGE YOUR EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT
  • • KILLS RINGWORM AND EQUINE HERPES
  • • KILLS ASPERGILLUS NIGER
  • • KILLS RHODOCOCCUS EQUI
  • • KILLS MRSA
  • • KILLS SALMONELLA SP
  • • KILLS STREPTOCOCCUS (STRANGLES)
  • • KILLS PARVOVIRUS
  • • ONE OF THE TOUGHEST TESTS FOR A DISINFECTANT IS EN13697. Steri-7 PASSED IT 5 TIMES WITH JUST ONE APPLICATION!

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