The State Veterinarian is advising horse owners to be alert after another confirmed case of Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) in Tennessee. This week’s detection in a horse in Wayne County is in addition to two cases earlier this month in DeKalb and Rutherford Counties.
Horses may be exposed when drinking from creeks, rivers, or ponds and can then suffer various illnesses. If your horse presents symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. If left untreated, PHF can be fatal.
There is a vaccine for PHF. Although it may not fully prevent infection in all cases, it does provide protection and minimizes the severity of disease.