Vets warn of spreading horse disease in Colo.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Fort Collins, Colo. (AP) - Colorado veterinarians are warning horse owners to look for a spreading disease called Piegon Fever.

Colorado State University issued the warning Monday after seeing more signs of the contagious disease, also called Pigeon Breast or Dryland Distemper. Horses who catch Pigeon Fever get fevers, lose weight and sometimes go lame. Pigeon fever can also cause sores or abscesses. The disease can be fatal if it's not treated.

Vets say the disease is spread through bacteria in the soil. Veterinarians say the contagious disease is spreading in Colorado horses and that owners need to be vigilant watching for signs of Pigeon Fever in their animals. Humans can't get Pigeon Fever.
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