New research by the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has shown that its blood test for strangles is “significantly more accurate” compared with other tests.

The AHT method checks for the immune response to the bacteria Streptococcus equi, which causes strangles. Research compared the effectiveness of a blood test marketed by IDvet with that developed by the AHT.

Dr Andrew Waller of the AHT, said: “Our test enables vets to be more confident in identifying horses that may be infected with Streptococcus equi. Horses that are subsequently confirmed as infected can be treated, the infection eradicated and future outbreaks prevented.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (25 April 2013)