Message Number: FHL12319 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "SukieC"
Date: 2010-10-08 17:12:13 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Intestinal atrophy?

I wrote that badly. Not only did I misspell Chagas but my words give the impression that ferrets can get it if a person reads them a certain way.

Chagas is rare in the U.S. because the right reduvid bug (if I recall the grouping properly from when I worked in the jungle in Suriname over 30 years ago) and the parasite it carries are rare here. Also, I honestly do not know what range of mammals can get it.

This is thought to possibly have been what killed Darwin long after his time in South America because it can exist in the body for a long time and then suddenly produce enough damage that its severe symptoms occur.

So, I was not saying that the ferret had Chagas, though the more I look the more I notice that perhaps on an exceedingly rare basis that might be possible have happen since I can't find a ref yet that specifies exactly what animals do or don't get it, but was giving it as an illustration of what can happen if the Vagus Nerve is damaged.

What I wonder might have occurred is a tumor on the Vagus or pressing on the Vagus.

Sukie (not a vet)

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