Message Number: YG2831 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-04-21 18:01:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] helicbactor question

Michelle wrote:
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
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
summer and mine showed up in September

From what I remember Heliobacter species in ferrets is Mustelae, and in
humans is pylori. Heliobacter is so common in humans (as in ferrets),
and is seen in many who don't have symptoms, those that have symptoms are
treated. Just a coincidence I believe that you guys have the same
problem. I started to wonder when my ferret had lymphoma and my husband
got diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma- if I didn't attract people/animals
with that diagnosis.

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