Bacterial infection has struck 14 race horses in Mysore forcing the authorities to cancel the races in city for 30 days following the ban on the movement of horses in and out of city by the turf authority’s Veterinary Commission.

K.G. Anantharaj Urs, Secretary, Mysore Race Club Ltd. speaking to Star of Mysore said that the horses have been hit by Strangles, an infection caused by bacteria and have been isolated.

He said that out of 14 race horses which had been infected with Strangles, 12 have recovered and treatment for the two remaining infected horses are going on.

Strangles is the common name for a bacterial infection affecting the lymph nodes of horses. Because the bacterium is highly contagious, large outbreaks periodically occur and if not treated in time, the disease could prove fatal to the animals. Mysore’s regular season was scheduled to start on August 15 and most top jockeys who ride at all centres have chosen not to visit Mysore as they may have to miss out on events at other clubs.

Meanwhile, the Bangalore Turf Club, has introduced safety measures by imposing a 48-hour cooling-off time on people and professionals coming from Mysore to enter its premises.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore