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From: Public Relations
Date: 2001-07-19 14:47:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: distemper vaccines

and where can it be obtained from?
They will want to know that!

Alicia at Ferret Wise

At 02:51 PM 7/19/01 -0400, you wrote:
>What Bruce Williams is too modest to say is that he is the one
>Richard Montali of the National Zoo contacted when it became
>important to get the early info about this vaccine out to the ferret
>public. The responses sent to Merial prevented the project from
>being shelved.
>Karen Purcell has been essential for getting news on this vaccine out
>to the public and keeping people up-dated.
>When you add 300 lab tested ferrets (with no reactions) to over 100
>field tested animals whose people wanted to try this option (with one
>ferret which reacted) you get 1 reaction in over 400 ferrets.
>Compare that to the reported rate of 2 per one hundred that Fervac's
>folks say they get and you have a drug that is at least 8 times safer
>while effective and tested specifically for ferrets. This also
>appears to be a great improvement over Galaxy.
>It also is developed for use on many wild animals so can be important
>when epizooics occur in species that are at risk such as BFFs, lions,
>etc. (Lions are felines but get and die from canine distemper.)
>Please, let your vets know.