potomac horse fever

Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: What’s The Deal With Potomac Horse Fever, Anyway?

QUESTION: What’s the deal with Potomac Horse Fever? I thought that only happened on the East Coast, but I hear of cases here in Central Kentucky. DR. BILL GILSENAN: Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) is a disease of horses characterized by an acute onset of diarrhea, dullness, and inappetence. As the name implies, fever typically accompanies these clinical […]

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Potomac Horse Fever Confirmed in 26 Horses in KY

The first confirmed case of Potomac horse fever (PHF) diagnosed in Kentucky during calendar year 2018 was reported on June 1, 2018. Through the week ending August 25, a total of 26 cases have been confirmed. Confirmation of each case was by PCR testing and compatible clinical symptoms observed. Historically, Kentucky’s PHF cases are first […]

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Eighteen Cases Of Potomac Horse Fever Confirmed In Kentucky In 2018

On June 1 the first case of Potomac horse fever (PHF) was confirmed by PCR testing  in Kentucky. Typically PHF is not seen in Kentucky until mid-July, and the Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian has asserted this early appearance was probably due to the wetter than normal conditions this April, followed by record-breaking warmth […]

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Second Case Of Potomac Horse Fever In Kentucky

On June 5, 2018, a second case of Potomac Horse Fever in Bourbon County, KY, was confirmed. A 2017 Thoroughbred filly presented on May 29 with dehydration, a fever and diarrhea. Blood and feces were tested and Potomac Horse Fever was confirmed. Treatment began on June 5 and the filly has improved and is expected […]

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Kentucky’s First 2018 Case Of Potomac Horse Fever Confirmed In Thoroughbred Filly

A 4-year-old Thoroughbred filly in Bourbon County, Ky. has been confirmed to be suffering from equine Potomac Horse Fever (PHF), according to the office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian. The filly presented on June 1 with watery diarrhea, lethargy, and a fever of approximately 104 degrees. She has since been hospitalized in an isolation unit, […]

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EDCC Posts Alert For Potomac Horse Fever In Six Kentucky Counties

On August 14, 2017 the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) posted a disease outbreak alert for Potomac horse fever for six Kentucky counties. Counties included in the outbreak alert are Taylor, Woodford, Fayette, Bourbon, Scott and Harrison counties. According to the EDCC alert, the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed 28 cases of […]

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Deciphering Fall Vaccination Schedules

While the vaccinations a horse receives is dependent on where he lives in the country and what job he does, there are core vaccinations that the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recommends no matter where the horse lives. These core vaccines include rabies and tetanus, which can be given at any time of year. The […]

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Potomac Horse Fever Cases In Maryland Leave One Horse Dead

The Maryland Department of Agriculture reported Friday that two horses in Frederick County had contracted Potomac Horse Fever, according to wusa9.com. One of the horses died as a result, but the other is expected to recover. Both horses had been vaccinated for the disease, though the vaccination is not always effective. Symptoms of PHF include […]

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Kentucky Veterinarians Announce Two Cases Of Potomac Horse Fever, Advise Vigilance

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., posted the following update on its Facebook page Friday: We have had two confirmed cases of Potomac Horse Fever this week–one racehorse and one broodmare. Both had diarrhea and fever. Symptoms of PHF include depression, anorexia, colic, diarrhea, fevers and signs suggestive of laminitis (inflammation of the feet). […]

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Tuttipaesi Has Cheering Section At New Bolton Center After Battle With Potomac Horse Fever

Tutti is the first girl in the Ladies’ Club, but she’s a favorite with a much larger team of girl power. A striking dark grey Thoroughbred imported from Italy, Tuttipaesi is owned by Valor Ladies LLC, a partnership of women who invest in racehorses. Tutti, as she is affectionately called, is the first of the […]

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