Strangles Awareness Week is a global, collaborative effort to prevent and manage Strangles and in 2022 the Stamp Out Strangles campaign from Redwings Horse Sanctuary is back!
The campaign reached 2 million people in 2021 by organising webinars, running events on yards or by horse owners simply sharing their own experiences of Strangles on social media and listening to the Speak Out On Strangles Podcast.
Whether you are a leisure horse owner, an equine professional or a vet, you can make difference by signing up for #SAW2022 and help to spread the word and not the disease.
So join over 150 ambassadors from around the world today and get ready to #SpeakOutOnStrangles on 2 – 8 May 2022!
Can we put a stranglehold on Strangles?
Dr Kirstie Pickles BVMS MSc PhD CertEIM DipECEIM FHEA MRCVS
Strangles, the disease caused by the bacterium Strep. equi equi, was first recorded approximately 750 years ago. With over 600 outbreaks still occurring in the UK annually, it can be assumed this disease is not going to go away any time soon. Excitingly, however, there is a new weapon to help fight the battle. Strangvac®, a new vaccine developed by Swedish company Intervacc, is already available in Sweden and will be coming to the UK market within weeks.
The vaccine has been in development for almost 20 years and contains bacterial proteins but no live bacteria and is administered into the muscle like the flu vaccine. Two doses are given 4 weeks apart followed by a booster at 12 months. Clinical trials have shown that the vaccine is highly effective in protecting up to 94% of horses after this third dose. Additionally, Strangvac® will not interfere with the strangles ELISA test so a vaccinated horse can be differentiated from an infected horse.
Dr Kirstie Pickles recent webinar on Strangles
All the latest research and information about Strangles. A truly nasty disease that strikes fear into every horse owner. Dr. Kirstie Pickles will help us to understand Strangles better and discuss what we can do to protect our horses from it.
- What is strangles, what does it look like and how do we treat it?
- Why can we not eradicate it?
- How best to avoid/prevent strangles
- Management of a property with strangles.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW – THIS IS NOW OPEN ACCESS FOR STRANGLES WEEK
For more on the importance of equine yard, stable and horse biosecurity watch Dr Kieran O’Brien’s Biosecurity webinar.
The Redwings Temperature Check Challenge
Find out about the Strangles Awareness Week temperature check challenge. Enter your horse’s temperature readings during the week and be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes. Find Out More Here.
Help spread the word and not the disease #SAW2022