Message Number: YG5030 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Christopher
Date: 2001-07-01 11:07:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Distemper: time from contraction to development?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "More Ferrets?!?" <moreferrets@h...>
> anyone have any data on the time frame or range from the time a
ferret is exposed to or contracts distemper to the time it develops
> it?

To quote Dr Bruce Williams from his website... 12 to 42 days
Synopsis: Canine distemper is the most serious disease in ferrets.
Essentially 100% fatal, the morbillivirus that causes canine
distemper results in an accelerated syndrome that closely mimics
signs seen in canids and other susceptible species. Disease
progression ranges from 12 days in ferret-adapted strains to
approximately 42 in wild canine strains. The disease is profoundly
immunosuppressive, with animals that survive this stage of the
disease succumbing to neurologic dysfunction within several weeks.