Date: 2006-12-15 05:34:57 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Major find/Question-unknown illness!?
I have come to all ferret lovers with a important finding/question.
Many shelters and ferret keepers have been suffering with a unknown
illness this last year. We have all beaten our heads trying treat it
and figure it out. And even give it a name. Some of us believe we
have had a nearly indestructible coccidian. Some of us thought we
have had a Mutated ECE break out. It has also been labeled Corona
virus, or even a Parvo. Some ferrets have recovered. Worst of all,
Many ferrets have been lost to it.
After yet another heart breaking call last night, I started thumbing
through a well known veterinary book. The Merck Veterinary Manual
8th edition. Under the heading of `Mink' page 1364, is a strangely
familiar disease is listed. In this case it is called, Mink Viral
Enteritis. What alarms me most is the information that a vaccine for
mink farms is available for this. It is listed as a
Enteritis/Distemper vaccine. I find it unbelievable that even after
the mention of getting much needed vaccines for Distemper from the
Mink farms (during the well known shortage) ; NO where has ANY
mention of this vaccine been made. What is this? Why has no one
thought of it, or said anything? All the symptoms listed match what
has been happening to the sick ferrets. Even if this is not the same
illness, what vaccine is this? Should we be using it? And I know I
need not point out that since Mink and Ferrets can share several
diseases, it is not insane to think they may share this one as well.
After all many of us know there are several ferret lovers that one
way or another acquired a mink.
If you can please shed a little light on this for me.
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