Message Number: YG2397 | New FHL Archives Search
From: tansy
Date: 2001-04-09 22:34:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: gagging ferret, more info

> Trust me on this one, ECE is highly contagious. I'm sure that once
> Dr. Williams reappears, he will verify that statement. If you have
> ferrets that have not had ECE, and one came down with it and is in
> contact with the others, they would, without a shadow of a doubt,
> come down with it also. How did the one contract it?
> I'm curious how your vet verified that ECE was the cause of death?
> While ECE can kill, it usually takes the already ill and those that
> are not supported during the illness and does so within the first
> month or so. This is generally not a disease that hangs on for a
> year, and then causes death.
> Unless a sample of tissue was sent to Dr. Williams directly, it
> doesn't seem likely that many pathologists out there would be able to
> positively identify ECE since it was only recently identified. I
> could be wrong on that, but again, I'm hoping that Dr. Williams will
> jump in here and give us his take on it.

The pathology was done in consultation with Dr. Williams. She was sick for
the whole time- I hand fed her through the whole year. I will copy path
report here tomorrow if there is interest.