Potomac Horse Fever


Factors Associated with Surviving Potomac Horse Fever (AAEP 2012)

December 26, 2012

While PHF has a serious clinical impact on affected horses, some parameters are associated with survival.... Read More


Safe and Healthy Equine Travels Start at Home

August 27, 2012

Whether traveling to an out-of-state show or a mile away to the park, good equine health care starts at home.... Read More


Indiana Horse Owners Get Early Potomac Horse Fever Warning

July 10, 2012

An Indiana horse diagnosed with Potomac horse fever in June has owners in that state on high alert.... Read More


Factors Associated with Surviving Potomac Horse Fever

July 09, 2012

Study finds PHF survival is linked to serum chloride concentration and oxytetracycline treatment.... Read More


Potomac Horse Fever: To Vaccinate or Not?

June 15, 2012

Your veterinarian will be able to help determine if your horse is at-risk of contracting PHF.... Read More

Bedding serves two functions: It creates a soft place for horses to lie down and rest. Additionally, it absorbs urine and helps control odor. Bedding options vary by region and can have an impact on your horse’s health.


Understanding Potomac Horse Fever

January 08, 2012

Potomac horse fever often poses a diagnostic challenge because of its varied clinical presentations.... Read More


Outbreak Alert Helps in Fighting Equine Disease

December 09, 2011

Since June 2011, the program has provided notification of more than 500 equine disease reports to subscribers.... Read More


Potomac Horse Fever Cases Seen at UKVDL

August 25, 2011

Between May and July, the UKVDL confirmed three deaths and 14 cases of Potomac horse fever in Kentucky.... Read More


Spring Vaccinations: Points to Consider Before You Buy

April 19, 2011

With a selection of horse vaccines readily available on local feed store shelves, purchasing a handful for use in your barn might be something you're considering. But are there equine health risks lurking behind a choice to forgo your veterinarian's ... Read More


UK's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Changes Potomac Horse Fever Testing Requirements

November 20, 2010

The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory recently announced a change in the type of samples required to perform a test for Neorickettsia risticii, the causative organism for Potomac horse fever.... Read More


Potomac Horse Fever Cases Reported in New York; Vets Encourage Vaccination

August 25, 2010

Officials have confirmed the number of Potomac Horse fever (PHF) cases in northern New York has been higher than usual in recent weeks, encouraging owners to vaccinate but noting that a rise in cases is relatively common this time of year.... Read More


Kentucky Horse Diagnosed with Potomac Horse Fever

August 04, 2010

Kentucky Department of Agriculture officials have concluded a horse that was recenty diagnosed as having Potomac horse fever that was diagnosed in a horse at Keeneland's training center on Rice Road was not contracted or introduced to the horse whil... Read More


Boarding Barn Health

June 01, 2010

Moving your horse into a boarding barn is a lot like sending your child to school for the first time. Just as you would in choosing a school for your kids, you want to do your research, asking all pertinent questions.... Read More


Vaccination Basics For Horses

June 01, 2010

Vaccines are "cheap insurance" to protect your horses from more costly--and potentially deadly--diseases.... Read More


Summer is Prime Time for Potomac Horse Fever

April 24, 2009

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to vaccinate horses against Potomac horse fever (PHF).

"Horse owners need to be aware of the disease and its seasonality," said Julia Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate... Read More

Your veterinarian will help create a vaccination plan to keep your horse's immune system strong. What's right for your horse depends on his age, health history, and exposure to other animals, as well as your location.


Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 01, 2009

Immunizations are the cornerstone of disease prevention if given appropriately and in a timely manner.... Read More


Missouri Vets Report Surge in Potomac Horse Fever Cases

August 19, 2008

Potomac horse fever, a potentially fatal disease, has been reported among horses in the St. Louis, Mo., area in unusually high numbers. Philip Johnson, BVSc, MRCVS, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, a veterinarian at the University of Missouri College of... Read More


Equestrian Center Reports 3 Cases of Potomac Horse Fever

August 10, 2008

Three cases of Potomac horse fever were reported in July at the Star Equestrian Center on Greencastle Pike near Hagerstown, Md.

Ginny Gaylor, director of the Star Equestrian... Read More


Potomac Horse Fever: Don't Ignore Fevers!

July 07, 2008

Summer and fall are key seasons for the appearance of Potomac horse fever, which is caused by the bacterium Neorickettsia risticii. Don't be fooled by the name; Potomac horse fever originally was identified in 1979 as a sporadic disease... Read More


Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

April 21, 2008

Developing a vaccination schedule is not as straightforward as it sounds. So much of what you should vaccinate for depends upon such factors as where you live, how often your horse travels, how old he is, his vaccination history, and what infectious ... Read More


Vaccination, Early Recognition Key with Potomac Horse Fever

April 17, 2008

The name is deceiving, but Potomac horse fever (PHF) is not just a concern for horses near the Potomac River. Cases have been found across most of the United States.1 Knowing the key signs of PHF and watching carefully for them can... Read More


PHF Vaccine Efficacy: Better Safe than Sorry?

August 01, 2007

Has there been new research completed on the available vaccines for Potomac horse fever?... Read More


Potomac Horse Fever Cases Popping Up in Ohio

July 15, 2007

Cases of Potomac horse fever (PHF) are starting to appear in Ohio, according to Catherine Kohn, VMD, PhD.... Read More


Potomac Horse Fever: Cause and Treatment

July 01, 2007

Potomac horse fever (PHF) is a disease that affects horses during warm weather months, occasionally causing outbreaks of diarrheal illness in horses that are kept near rivers, streams, or in irrigated pastures.

The bacterium responsible for th... Read More


Avoid Mayflies to Minimize PHF Risk

June 30, 2007

Minimizing your horse’s risk of contracting Potomac horse fever (PHF) might be as simple as shutting off the lights.

Mayflies—swarms of which are common in Southeast Minnesota and adjacent areas of Wisconsin—were incriminated as a vector... Read More