Date: 2001-07-23 20:25:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] How prevalent is the canine distemper virus?
The virus can survive in the enviroment for weeks at near freezing, but is
suseptible to heat and ultaviolet rays. I have been told that the virus can
be brought into your home on shoes, or clothing and live up to 6-8 hours.
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Sent: Monday, July 23, 2001 1:55 PM
> Hi- I was really happy to hear of the new merial distemper vaccine.
> We are definitely going to explore using this with one of our ferrets
> who had a horrible reaction last year to the Fervac vaccine. I don't
> want to leave him unvaccinated- it seems too risky. But I am just
> curious- how prevalent is canine distemper and is it more common in
> certain geographical locations? Does anyone know where I could get
> stats on this? I read sometime on the FML that you don't even have
> to expose your ferrets to another animal who's carrying the disease
> (they don't really come in contact with other animals anyway), that
> you can bring it in the house on shoes, clothing, etc. If they go
> outside are they more at risk? Is there a lower risk if they're
> strictly indoors all the time? Does anyone know how long the virus
> lives in an environment like a puddle of water or on clothes?
> I'm just interested in researching this- still plan to vaccinate him
> but would like to know more about the disease. Anyone with info
> and/or links with information please reply- thanks!
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