Message Number: SG18106 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2006-08-14 16:56:31 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] LOW patogenic version of H5N1 avian influenza found in U.S.

A strain of the H5N1 Bird Flu is now in the U.S. BUT IT IS ***NOT*** ONE OF THE HIGHLY PATHOGENIC STRAINS. It is the same low pathogenic strain found earlier in Canada. It was found in mute swans in Michigan.

There is a mutation risk with this strain, too, though, so it could become worse later, and later we may also see the worse strains making it in, esp. through water fowl.

It would pay to exercise similar precautions at this time as is used to prevent West Nile exposure, except remember that ferrets can also get avian influenza types so perhaps add some precautions if you have ferrets you take outside, especially in areas with water fowl.

Ferret people in Europe will already be using precautions in many areas. In such locations people are advised to keep all pet birds, ferrets, cats, and dogs indoors only.

I do not know if the low pathogenic strains of H5N1 can be gotten by cats and dogs as well as ferrets and some wild feline and mustelid species, but the highly pathogenic strains can.

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