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Pigeon Fever- Making its Rounds

This highly contagious disease is spreading all over the United States.

by Grant Miller, DVM
Pigeon Fever- Making its Rounds   Classic chest abscess from pigeon fever.  Two years, ago Horse Journal reminded readers about Pigeon Fever- a disease that traditionally has been linked to dry, arid conditions prevalent in the western and southwestern United States.  Flies carry and transmit the bacteria that causes it, called Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis.  Coryne loves warm, dry conditions and can exist in soil for quite a while.  One would think that these factors would inhibit Pigeon Fever from affecting horses in certain parts of the country, but this year is different- Pigeon Fever is popping up all over the United States.  At the height of the season, I thought it would be a good idea to review some of the common information.   1)      What is Pigeon Fever?   Pigeon Fever, rather ironically, does not involve pigeons at all, and only occasionally involves a fever.  It earned its name because many horses that contract it have... Continue Reading

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