This was posted on my FB page by another farm who has just lost a horse to PHF:
ok everyone there is approx 15 known cases of Potomac Horse Fever in ontario as we speak... If you look on OEF website they only confirm one... that is not us... not only are we confirmed we are another death... the vaccine is useless and for every 4 horses that get the vaccine and come in contact with the larvae all the horses will contract the diesese maybe one will live to be a pasture horse... the vaccine does not stop your horse from getting the diseise! Please do not be lulled into a false sense of security! This wonderfull horse picked this up at a show grounds away from home and no I am not allowed to discuss it or location... as I will be sued.. again money right!!! I am warning you all to please look at the OEF website read the symptoms and be aware! For every two cases like Illeys there are another 20 horses that get it and are misdiagnosed as founder, laminitis, colic, and simply there time... Please be aware and be your horses medical advicate... I did that here she was taken to hospital and started treatment within two hours of vet care... it could not have been caught faster!!! I was banned from even mentioning the name of this disiese until I couldn't stand it!!! This horse was a fantastic young athlete in the peak of physical health and jumpeing 1.45 competing with her young rider .... if she can die so can others please this is hard for me I just don't want anyone else to go through what this lovely mare went through, her owners and caregivers. Today is a hard day!! :'(
15 known cases and no one is being warned and the person that has been affected is being told to shut up or they will be sued??? Is this for real???
What is reality for this? I have an inspection that I was planning on taking my mare and foal to on the 22nd - this coming Wednesday - and the farm it is being held at will have ship ins, and they also actively show themselves.
I know 100% that I will not be able to prevent the foal from sniffing things, especially when he is loose. The mare we could probably prevent from doing so as she would be held the entire time.
Lets say one of the horses on the property has contracted it recently - how vulnerable are my mare and foal and are the chances high that they *could* contract it from an affected horse by being on the same grounds?
This bloody well scares me to death - especially as there seems to be a veil of silence around this - no one is saying how many horses are affected, where they are located, where they contracted it - nothing. We now have to dig and try and find out ourselves :(