Message Number: YG996 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-03-09 18:29:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Toxoplasmosis in ferrets

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., wsmith <wsmith@i...> wrote:
> So I'm curious as to the risks - but not too worried
> as we've had ferrets for four years, so if it is common, I was
> probably exposed long ago before I was pregnant

I think what Dr. Williams once said on the FML says it
all... "Ferrets cannot pass infective toxoplasmosis oocytes in their
feces. To contract Toxoplasmosis from a ferret, one would have to eat
poorly cooked ferret meat."

So unless you plan on eating your ferrets raw any time soon, it
doesn't look like you have much to worry about. Of course, there's
no need to tell your husband this, so let him keep cleaning the
litter boxes. :-)

> PS - Luggie went for his blood glucose test and failed miserably,
> with a 2.3 (sounds like a different scale than I've seen here,
> 6.8 last time was borderline), and is starting on prednisone

I'm curious what scale this is. I've never heard of a blood glucose
reading expressed in numbers like that. A ferret that had a blood
glucose of 2.3 or even 6.8mg/dl would surely have to be dead.