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Sick horse prompts quarantine at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

About 70 horses at a barn of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack are under quarantine after one animal there fell ill.

“We had one horse diagnosed with strangles, which is a highly contagious respiratory disease,” said David Brown, president of the Finger Lakes Horsemen Benevolent Protective Association.

Strangles is not fatal, but as a precaution one barn was quarantined to avoid spread of the disease, Brown said. No other horses have come down with the disease, though they remain under observation and monitoring.

The quarantine lasts 21 days and is up on July 28, this Saturday.

“We have been lucky,” said Brown. The quarantined horses are being closely monitored and watched, which includes taking each horse’s temperature daily.

Strangles is an infection caused by a certain bacteria and can be spread by horse-to-horse contact or by humans, tack, drinking troughs and other environmental factors. The Finger Lakes racetrack follows strict guidelines for treatment and handling of horses in such cases, said Brown. The sick horse came from out of state, Brown said — he thinks from West Virginia — and must have had the infection when it left there, he said.

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