Message Number: FHL5537 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2008-07-18 15:54:42 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] maps potential risks (Canada and n. US see heartworm map)

Those in Canada and northern US: see new heartworm map

For those who want to know where fire ants are in the U.S.:

More recent:

which includes:
> To date, fire ants are known to occur in 14 U.S. states or
> territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia,
> Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
> Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas and Puerto Rico. They can also be
> found sporadically in southeastern Virginia and in Maryland.


but there are biting ants in other areas, and if allergic responses
can happen to ants other than fire ants.

For heartworm (which can be prevented with the right meds and now will
be easier to treat in infected ferrets again since Proheart has been
demonstrated to not pose any unusual level of risk and it's what works
really well for already infected ferrets) see:

Heartworm is a risk which must be taken seriously through most of the
U.S., and the range increased a lot in some areas where it had
previously been rare or unknown after Hurricane Katrina rescues
because the first ones were not checked for heartworm before being
relocated and they carried it to other mosquito areas. Even some
extreme northern areas have it now, so folks in Canada need to be
aware, too, please.

Sukie (not a vet)

Recommended ferret health links:


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