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From: Steph
Date: 2001-07-04 17:24:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Transmittal of diseases

I know that when I am in the clinic and we have a parvo dog in
all the bedding is either thrown out or washed separately in
bleech. Everyone who goes in the room where the dog is
quaranteened is required to walk in bleech and gowns, gloves
etc. are left in the room to be washed separately.
If it is the same with aleution which is a parvo virus I would
think that bleech would kill it, but I am only surmising this.
----- Original Message -----
From: Claire Curtis
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2001 11:39 AM

Hi all --
Does anyone have any data on the persistance and survival
conditions of

Several posts have made reference to transmission via
clothing and such.
Many devastating viruses are relatively wimpy -- AIDS, for
instance, is
destroyed very easily just by exposure to air; others, such
as hepatitis
or Foot&mouth, are tougher. But ones that persist for months
(as someone
implied) are very rare. If ADV is one of these --- where do
you dispose
of litter?

I compost my litter; composting generally achieves a high
temperature to destroy most pathogens. Is this sufficient?

Putting litter in the trash means it goes to a public
landfill; even
with modern compacting and containment, I distrust this as a
way to
avoid spreading disease, especially when we are worried
about spreading
to wildlife rather than to humans.

Putting used litter down the toilet may be OK, assuming the
litter you
use lets you do this. However, it in now in an aqueous
medium. If you
have a septic field, the runoff will enter the local soil,
and the
solids will go into a composting-style landfill whenever
your septic
tank is pumped. If you have a sewer hook-up, it goes to the
treatment plant, and a) virtually all sewage treatment
facilities allow
overflow during flood or storm conditions, and b) the solids
that you
can pick up for use in the garden come with warnings not to
use on
vegetables, in case there are any pathogens that survive. So
treatment is not foolproof.

As I said, it would be a darn tough virus to make any of
this worth
worrying about. But now I'm worried -- is there any data on
what kills
this virus?


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