Message Number: YG2435 | New FHL Archives Search
From: bill and diane killian
Date: 2001-04-10 19:24:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] ECE

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From: "katharine" <shurcool@i...>
To: "Ferret Health List" <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 6:01 AM

> Mike Janke wrote:
> <ECE is definitely highly contagious. A ferret that comes in contact
> with another ferret that is an active carrier will come down with ECE
> within 48-72 hours of that contact.
> I guess the next question is... are you sure the others haven't already
> had ECE and that's why they have not presented with symptoms?<
> Mike:
> I don't think you can say that a ferret WILL come down with ECE when
> in contact with an active carrier.

That is correct. ECE is highly contagious but not all ferrets will get

Almost all diseases in all animals do not infect all of that species.

We got very lucky when ECE was brought into our home that none showed any
symptoms. Some may have gotten infected but they were lucky enough to not
contract the disease to the point that they showed it.

So far it hasn't been determined what could have prevented problems but we
were at that point feeding either Totally Ferret or Iams if Dr. Willard
hadn't invented it yet. I'm not sure of the timing.

Bill Killian