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Botti Horse Tests Positive To Strangles

Tuesday, 31st March 2015

Newmarket is on high alert after a case of the potentially fatal horse disease strangles was confirmed in one of Marco Botti's team who had recently returned from Dubai, reports racingpost.com. The horse has been moved to an isolation yard, while two other horses who shared the same flight from Dubai are being monitored. Their first tests have both been negative. Mark Tompkins, chairman of the Newmarket Trainers Federation, told The Guardian: "Strangles is not a nice thing for a horse to have. Depending on how bad he gets it, it can take three or four months to get over it. And it is very contagious." He added, "But it wouldn't be a worry for Newmarket if that yard is shut down and no horses go in or out and they do the proper thing with disinfectant and so on. You've just got to have a good quarantine procedure and then, once the tests are clear, you're back to normal." Strangles is a respiratory infection resulting in fever, nasal discharge, depression, difficulties with eating and sometimes abscesses on the head and neck. It is easily spread by contact but not by air.

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