Message Number: YG814 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-06 09:09:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] VERY important Question....

In a message dated 3/6/01 4:44:30 PM Eastern Standard Time,
JTRADFORD@w... writes:

> I have a very dear friend who was diagnosed with Hepatitis C...she is in
> the second stage of liver disease,and started treatment (AWFUL,BTW) this
> week.
> Question: She has two ferrets.The young male scratched her last night
> and drew blood.Before she could react,he was licking her wound.What are
> the chances of this or any ferret getting Hep C this <or any> way?? She
> is in shere panic.What precautions can/must be taken,if any?


As far as I am aware, Hepititis C is species-specific and her ferrets are in
no danger from her. Is she on interferon treatments? I would be more
concerned about her having a compromised immune system than anything else.
Hep C is a terrible human disease - good luck to your friend!

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"