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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2009-04-21 18:37:24 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] a new resource to help all (may be carried in full and unchanged)
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The words here are only my own, so I strongly advise checking out the
links below to learn more. Because the resource is one that can help
us all I give complete permission to anyone to carry this post
elsewhere: websites, newsletters, blogs, etc. as long as it remains
unaltered and in complete form.

Okay, most people on the Ferret Mailing List and the Ferret Health
List have long been used to reading about the researchers at Michigan
State who help advance ferret health care. Many of us first became
aware of them through Dr. Bruce Williams of the AFIP because Dr. Matti
Kiupel independently confirmed the cause of ECE. Since then you'll
remember the Michigan State work at uncovering the genus and species
of coccidia that was killing a number of ferrets, including in more
than a few southeastern shelters, the work done there on myofaciitis/
DIM, the work on the new corona virus (an ECE descendent) which
behaves like one form of FIP, yet more ECE work, and a huge amount
more. These Michigan State experts come up a lot in conversation and
now they also have a website to help all.

Here is the homepage of the new website they are putting together to
help ferrets and ferret people. The section on diseases is currently
under construction but much of the website has been completed:
That is our Telemna as a kit standing against a weaselwatcher gate in
a photograph Steve took; the image first appeared in Ferrets
Magazine. Since then she has roaned a lot and now looks like a marked

In this section you can learn about the primary personnel:
and here are their names and just some of their areas of interest and
past work, with their publications lists and experience available to
read about by clicking open their Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Kiupel: pathology, adrenal carcinomas, DIM, Aleutian Disease, and
a range of ferret enteric diseases such as coronaviruses, rotaviruses,
and coccidiosis
Dr. Maes: virology, canine distemper, Aleutian Disease, rotavirus
types A and C, ECE and the FIP-like coronaviruses
Dr. Wise: microbiology and molecular virology, genetic
characterization of emerging novel viruses
Dr. Mehler: surgery and the development of minimally invasive
surgical procedures to make ferret surgeries less stressful on the

Impressive experts!

Here is some of their ferret health research:

Imagine if we can get an ECE vaccine! ECE can set the stage for a
number of later health woes, from kidney damage due to dehydration to
splenic inflammation to later disorders or diseases that occur due to
remaining tissue injury. Besides, we already know from the FIP-like
mutant that it has the ability to mutate into a really nasty, fatal
disease. Luckily, this particular one appears to be hard to get, but
there may be worse ones in the future so prevention is important.

Just recently, this team identified the TYPES of rotaviruses that can
infect young ferrets, causing the lives of two many kits. Following
up on this new info can lead to better cures and prevention. BREEDERS
will find this work especially important.

SHELTERS will be very interested in the section on Coccidiois. It
affects all, of course, but shelters have had a particularly rough
time with it.

They even have been working on some of the worst variants of adrenal
disease to better understand them, treat them, and hopefully prevent
helps veterinary professionals and others see what tests (over 800 --
yes, EIGHT HUNDRED) are available and how to submit. There are some
special tests that are only for ferrets, too.

Want to LEARN more? Here is the PUBLICATIONS page:
BREEDERS: be extra sure to see the rotavirus section in the slides on
"Viral causes of enteric disease in ferrets"

Vets: there is even a presentation on Pelioid
Hepatocellularcarcinoma, and more on other forms of neoplasia

There is so much more at this brand new ferret health site. DO check
it out!

This post may be carried elsewhere as long as it is complete and

Sukie (not a vet)

Recommended ferret health links:

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