Message Number: YG2260 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-05 22:31:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Lymphoma virus?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., AFERRETVET@c... wrote:
> Hi Dr Williams,
> I thought that Dr Susan Erdman had identified
> a ferret retrovirus in association with lymphoma.
> I know it has been suspected for a long time, but
> I thought it was actually identified.

No - the virus was not identified - lymphoma was transferred between
individuals using a cell-free extract which implies a viral
transmission, and a retrovirus was bandied about, but it has not yet
be identified.

Actually I talked with Susan Today, and she said that he is not
working with ferrets anymore - she's working with mice. I'm not sure
where that research ended up.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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