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From: "Jeff"
Date: 2011-02-19 04:33:06 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Confirmed H1N1 in Ferrets
To: <>

>This is such a good lesson - when you're ill, you must either stay away
>from your ferrets or mask and glove up each time you touch them or work
>on their cage. Something you think is a bad cold can actually be
> something far worse.
Yes, this is essential advice, and I hope everyone takes it seriously. =
I would also add that, at the first sign of any kind of flu or similar type=
of illness in any of your ferrets, IMMEDIATELY separate any ferrets who ma=
y already be of compromised health. When the flu swept thru our business a=
bout 16 months or so ago, it did not strike all of them at the same time. =
However, it did spread to each one over the course of 2 weeks. I wish that=
, at the first sign of it, I had thought to remove my older girl Trinity, w=
ho was on meds for adrenal disease and insulinoma. She had been on pred fo=
r well over a year at that point. When she did get the flu along with ever=
yone else, and it was a VERY nasty flu, her respiratory system couldn=E2=80=
=99t fight it off. I had to put her to sleep. I can=E2=80=99t help but wo=
nder if she might have avoided catching it if I had removed her from the co=
mmon area at the first sign of it. And the flu, which may have been the H1=
N1, found its way to our ferrets despite none of us humans having it, and d=
espite high cleanliness standards in the home and when handling the ferrets=
. So you can carry it, even if you don=E2=80=99t catch it yourself.
In Loving Memory of Neo, Trinity, Morphy, Possum, Pip, Pop, Sabrina, Minnie=
Mouse, Misty, Frodo, Baggins, and Mr. Parker
Caring for Luna, Baby Girl, Dozer, and Hunny

[ If a person has resistance it is possible to have a situation
where the virus can grow enough to shed but not enough
to produce much in the way of symptoms. That is something
I've read about.

References below address carrying the illness without catching it.

This has a mix of illnesses addressed so only the outter
limits of the range can be gotten from it but it has other
This can be useful:

-- Moderator]


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