Message Number: YG3106 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-01 12:49:00 UTC
Subject: Re: coccidia

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., cobalt ciar <cobaltgecko@y...> wrote:
> Question; is coccidia zoontic (sp?)?
> A recent lizard adoption was diagnosed as having coccidia. Is there
> risk that my ferrets could get this?

Coccidia are species specific (zoonotic implies transmission to
man). Ferrets have their own coccidia, which are not shared by dogs
or cats, which they frequently cohabit with. Lizard coccidia may be
infective to other lizards, but your ferrets are spared infection.
Now your ferrets may ingest the coccidial oocysts (eggs) and they can
conceivably be identified in the stool, but active infection will not

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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