Friday, July 18, 2014

Pigeon Fever: Myths and Misconceptions

Photo: Kristen Slater, DVM - Full Article

By Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
Jun 20, 2014

As pigeon fever spreads across the United States, so does information--and misinformation--about it.

As equine diseases spread geographically, fueled by changing climates and animal and vector movement, horse owners and veterinarians can no longer afford to ignore a disease, leaning on the excuse “we don’t see it around here.”

Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection, commonly called “pigeon fever” or “dryland distemper,” is one of those conditions, once relegated to a handful of U.S. states and now making its way across North America. As a disease spreads, so does information—and misinformation—about it. In this article we will look at some common misconceptions about this condition...

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