Pigeon Fever


The case of the confounding cough

The cause of a gelding’s mild but persistent cough lay hidden deep inside his lungs, eluding diagnosis for nearly a year.

Research has shown that the reservoir for the bacteria that causes pigeon fever is the soil. Flies then transmit the bacteria from horse to horse.

Five cases of pigeon fever reported in Washington State

This bacterial infection, spread by stable, horn and houseflies, is becoming more common as weather conditions change.