From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2008-05-12 15:39:55 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Nell's ferrets in Addis: antibiotics do not touch ECE
To: Nell Angelo <celebrateoften@GMAIL.COM>, fhl <email@example.com>, ferret-l@LISTSERV.FERRETMAILINGLIST.ORG
ECE is viral; i.e. antibiotics do not touch it.
It can get bacterial complications, though. Antibiotics can touch
those. Of course, bacteria can cause infections without ECE.
The chances of it being ECE about about zero. It HAS to be caught
from another infected ferret. Where did your ferrets encounter an
infected ferret within just a few short weeks of getting sick?
Weren't you and they were in Addis for a month or more before they
If bacterial then infection from food, soil, animal waste, water, etc.
are more likely.
Parasites other than coccidia are also possible; for example, it would
pay to see if ferrets have ever gotten schistosomiasis. At least one
species of schistosome infects dogs and cats, too, so African ones
also might, and having been outside: were there puddles that could
have had run-off/over-flow that carried snails? The symptoms
certainly fit tightly, but they do for a range of possible causes.
Sorry about being short; my eye is not up to more. Also, use a larger
grain of salt than usual for any of us non-vets since I am still a bit
under the weather post-op.
What about the vet school in Addis? Have the ferrets been taken there
and tested yet? Will anyone there see them to do so? Till then you
are grasping at straws, but without a source of infection with the
right timing ECE is simply NOT possible, and antibiotics would not
touch it, anyway.
Sukie (not a vet)
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