Pigeon Fever: It has Nothing to do with Birds
Q. What causes pigeon fever in horses?

Gail, Australia

A. No. 1: Pigeon fever is not caused by birds. It’s a Gram-positive bacterial infection of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, so it not a viral or parasitic disease. It does occur worldwide in horses.

Interestingly, in Australia, it’s very prevalent in sheep and goat

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