Message Number: YG2266 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-05 23:44:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ECE

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., HomieChick@a... wrote:
> I bought a baby ferret that came from Marshall Farms about two
months ago.
> When I brought him home his health slowly decreased and I finally
found out
> he had Proliferative Bowel Disease because of ECE. He pooped bright
green for
> awhile and I had to force feed him and give him medicine. Anyway,
now he is
> fine and the other ferrets never had anything worse than a few
green poopies.
> My question is, sometimes the others poop green but still seem
fine. Should I
> be worried about the others suddenly getting very ill, and should I
> worried about the little guy that was severly ill before getting
sick again??
> Also, is it true that I can give ECE to other ferrets by just
coming in
> contact with them and if this is true, how long do I have to wait
before I
> can hold and play with other peoples ferrets? Thank you very much
> everyones help.

Dear Molly: You can find out most of the information you need to
know about ECE by searching the archives of the FHL or at my Web site

In short, it does sound like a mild outbreak of ECE in your house.
ECE is transmitted by inapparent carriers for at least 6 moths and
maybe more. You can transmit it on your hands and clothing - feret
to ferret contact is not needed.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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