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From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2009-04-28 00:35:39 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: influenza

I think that is still an unknown BUT on the BBC News
today it was announced that the World Health Organization
is planning to study this swine influenza variant in
Britain with ferrets as the animal model, so there must
be some reason to suspect that they might be able to
get it, though how casually is an unknown, and if they
could spread it back to human is another unknown. (BTW,
with more standard influenza types the route of infection
is far more often human to ferret than ferret to human
from what i have read. Then again, with our powerful
coughs, mighty sneezes, and hands that just plain makes

This is one of those illness where a person worries about
cytokine storms -- over-responses of the immune system.
Cytokine storms happen most often with those in the prime
of life because their immune systems are at their strongest.
You will remember that in the ferret-specific problem (which
may now be of the past?) which was called DIM at first that
the ferrets who had that had over-responses of their immune
systems. Sometimes the risk is not of the disease itself but
what it makes our bodies do.

--- In, "greatlakesferretrescue" <greatlakesferretrescue@...> wrote:
> Hello,
> I was doing a little ferret education today and I stated that ferrets can get influenza from us. I was then asked if we can give ferrets influenza could we also give then the swine flu because the swine flu is now being passed from Human to Human. I stated that I didn't know but I would ask around and let them know. So my question is can we give our ferrets the swine flu?
> Any information would be very helpful.
> Hallee


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