Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
Cherie, respectfully, carriers can be completely asymptomatic. This includes having a completely normal CBC and chemistry. It is not common but it occurs. Treating an elevated white count with Penicillin makes no sense. How do you know the count is not simply an inflammatory leukogram? How do you know that it is due to a bacterium at all? How do you know that bacteria is sensitive to Penicillin? Additionally the vaccines are pretty weak and do not so much prevent disease, but rather limit the severity of the infection. A vaccinated horse who becomes infected with strep equi and develops strangles did not necessarily become infected with a "rogue" strain, but not all vaccines are very effective and strangles is one example of this.
What would you be doing with that nasal or cheek swab? Culture? PCR? These are important thoughts. I have a lot of respect for your experience and knowledge, however the comments here are a little misguided. The OP's concern (or rather their BO's concern) is assurance that the horse is not an asymptomatic carrier of strep equi. A normal white count does not ensure this, nor does an elevated count indicate only infection.
I am not trying to pick a fight or damage your reputation, just trying to help the OP get the most accurate information regarding their specific concerns.
Last edited by tealamutt; 10-17-2012 at 01:13 AM.