Message Number: YG2809 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Michele
Date: 2001-04-21 09:16:00 UTC
Subject: helicbactor question

Hi all I know I do not post often and that is because I have been ill. I
just found out my biopsy report came back that I have the helicobacter and
that is why I have been ill. I had an endoscope of my upper GI tract because
of the symptoms I was having. Okay now all of you must be asking why I am
posting this? Well the two ferrets I had who passed on one had the
helicobacter and had a bleeding ulcer from it. Was placed on the usual meds
and got better then got it back after months of being symptom free. My
question is can humans get the helicobacter from their ferrets? My gastro
doc did not want to say yes or now but said it can spread via saliva and
feces. I was the sole caretaker of the ferret with helicobacter and did
clean his cage out daily. I just wanted to know if it is possible to have
gotten this from my ferret? His symptoms first showed up in August of last
summer and mine showed up in September. I am now on biaxin and nexium to get
rid of this awful bacteria. I cannot wait until this gnawing nauseous
feeling goes away and now can really understand how a ferret would not want
to eat and see first hand how he felt.. I thank anyone here who might be
able to answer my question and if it is not contagious I guess I was
un-lucky in getting it..

ferret hugs to all here,