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From: Donna Baker
Date: 2009-10-12 16:52:49 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] ferret flu symptoms?

I have ferret friends sick with swine flu...what are symptoms their ferrets may have if they are sick with the flu?

Same as with humans:
Influenza is first and foremost a
RESPIRATORY disease so look for
symptoms like unusual coughing
or difficulty breathing. In ferrets
these may be hidden and secondary
pneumonia sneaks up in ferrets
often without people knowing and
with the ONLY way to find it too
often being x-ray.

Just as with humans they may fever.
Normal for ferrets is usually 101'F
to 102'F by rectal temp, though
sometimes if one has just been very
active 103'F may be okay (or could
be the start of a fever or a low grade
fever). Temperature converter to 'C:

Just as with humans some individuals
may have some GI involvement, though
not always.

They may be weak or appear as if they
have muscle or joint aches, too.

In studies the H1N1 (swine flu) appears
to be mostly spread by the aerosol route,
i.e. from the mouth and nose with sneezing,
coughing, spitting, etc.]


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