What Is Pigeon Fever?Pigeon Fever can be fatal. It has been endemic in Texas, California, Colorado in years past and high levels of cases spreading into Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, and Oregon. Cases have also been reported in Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. You can get educated about Pigeon Fever and not be a statistic.Scientifically referred to as Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, the disease is named after it's most common external abscess developing in the pectoral region because the swelling closely resembles a pigeon ***. Though the disease most often takes affect externally, internal infections can occur with fatality rates up to 40%.Flies are the vectors of carrying this disease. There is currently no licensed vaccine available in the US so take preventative measures again flies and mitigate the changes of your horses contracting this highly contagious disease.What Are The Symptoms?The Pigeon Fever disease takes on three forms; limb infections, external abscesses and internal infection. Horses often develop a severe lameness, fever, lethargy, and anorexia with this disease. It is common one or both hind limbs are affected with extreme swelling and cellulitis. External abscess of the chest is the most common but are abscesses are not exclusive to that region and horses can develop abscesses in multiple locations. Be Safe. Preventative Measures To Take.By simply improving your manure management, a little cleaning up here and there with proper manure removal, you'll cull much of your fly breeding areas and therefore the number of flies on your property. Keeping your manure in a neat pile for composting and/or spreading the manure in fields before a series of dry days will also significantly decrease the locations flies can breed on your property.Implement the use of beneficial insects like Fly Predators®. Sprinkle the naturally occurring Fly Predators in areas on your property where flies breed once a month to organically minimize your fly population by about 75%.For the few remaining flies that beneficial insect and improved manure management don't get or those that might be coming from your neighbors, use fly traps. Not all fly traps are created equal and they need to be put in the right places to work. Use Odor Traps for house flies about 50 feet away from your stable. Hang Sticky Traps in your stable. The Biting Stable Fly Traps need to be placed no higher than 4 feet off the ground and put them in breezeway doors or near pastures or corrals.
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