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Conditions collide to propel PHF/Potomac horse fever must be treated rapidly to dodge fatalities


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Other veterinarians not affiliated with vaccine companies, such as those practitioners in northwestern New York state and in other areas experiencing PHF outbreaks this year, tend to agree. This year has seen conditions that favor the development and spread of PHF, and this disease is back. Clients in potentially susceptible areas or owners with horses traveling through such areas should be advised to vaccinate with a product that will provide as much protection as possible. Veterinarians need to be alert for potential cases of PHF and should be aware of the altered presentation possible in vaccinated horses.

Until it is officially eradicated, no disease ever really goes away. Conditions such as PHF, West Nile Virus and MRLS, which depend on insect or parasite vectors, climactic conditions, and the number of vaccinated animals in the population, will increase and decrease continually. It is important that veterinarians remain vigilant in the field and continually remind owners of these diseases so that the proper management and treatment protocols can be taken.

Dr. Marcella, a 1983 graduate of Cornell University's veterinary college, was a professor of comparative medicine at the University of Virginia. His interests include muscle problems in sport horses, rehabilitation and other performance issues.


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