Message Number: YG824 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-03-06 11:03:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] VERY important Question....

> 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? Please
> respond.She has enough stress and this incident has her petrified.

Hepatitis in humans is specific to primates - your ferret is safe,
as far as all the info I have.

-Dr. Karen
This e-mail is provided for general informational purposes only. It is in
no way intended as a replacement for a consultation with a qualified
licensed veterinarian. If you are concerned about your pet's health, you
should seek the advice of your regular veterinarian as soon as possible.