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From: "brianndvm"
Date: 2008-05-03 16:29:14 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Cryptosporidium

--- In, "possum1213" <gator524@...> wrote:
> --- In, Vicki Montgomery
> <ferretfrenzy@> wrote:
> > And I have to wonder - if humans are more likely than not
> permanently infected, once they do become infected, are our pets who
> survive also perpetually infected? <
> I believe they can be carriers long before the disease even
> surfaces. My Sammy started showing symptoms after I had him a year
> or two. It took another two years to properly diagnose him. He
> never played outside while in my care, nor do I have birds in my
> house (the most common carrier). Since he was a rescue, with an
> unknown history, I have always thought that he must have been
> harboring the disease from before I got him.
> The reason it took so long to diagnose him was because the lesions
> didn't appear until very late into the disease. Before that, there
> was nothing to do pathology on. Along with that, the disease was
> pretty much unknown in the southeast, so it wasn't even a
> consideration. We did every other test and procedure known to man,
> with no conclusions, including nasal flushes, x-rays, ultrasounds,
> several rounds of antibiotics, and on and on. His primary symptoms,
> prior to the lesions, was a deep cough, sounding much like a
> cricket. In fact, I started calling him Cricket Boy.
> Katharine
Hello Katherine,
Are you sure you are talking about Cryptosporidium? Sounds more like Cryptococcus, a
fungal disease of the respiratory tract. Cryptosporidium usually is confined to the
digestive tract causing chronic diarrhea.

Brian Nelson, DVM


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