Message Number: YG632 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sue M.
Date: 2001-03-03 18:35:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Why should I test for ADV?

My opinion: *G*

you should test

1.) so you *know* the status of your ferret, not just think you know
2.) so if your ferret develops ADV at some point in the future,
knowing when you tested and the result may help you, and others,
track down a possible source of infection.
3.) until all the research is in on how ADV is transmitted, it is not
an unreasonable thing to take measures to ensure that *you* may
not have come in contact with an infected ferret and brought the
virus home.
4.) for information...your own...or researches who could benifit from
knowing where ADV is and isn't, where + ferrets are getting sick
from it and where they aren't, so the hows and whys of ADV can be
tracked down. If people don't test, even if there's no "scare" in that
area...then the ferret is an "unknown", not a +, not a -, but
untested and unknown as for status.

Sue M.