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Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 436287, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/436287
Case Report

Isolation of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis Biovar equi from a Horse in Central Iowa

1Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, 1600 SE 16th Street, Ames, IA 50011, USA
2Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, 1600 SE 16th Street, Ames, IA 50011, USA

Received 23 April 2014; Accepted 11 June 2014; Published 16 June 2014

Academic Editor: Nektarios D. Giadinis

Copyright © 2014 Kate L. Hepworth-Warren et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis biovar equi is the causative agent of “pigeon fever,” or “dryland distemper” in horses. The agent is typically identified in the Western United States but has recently been identified in Canada; it has not previously been documented as cause of infection in horses in Iowa. This report describes the clinical findings of two horses in Iowa that presented with pectoral abscessation, confirmed in one to be C. pseudotuberculosis biovar equi.