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From: Tiffany Howe
Date: 2011-02-19 14:51:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Confirmed H1N1 in Ferrets

Um... So far as I know you are not supposed to be on antibiotics for a virus.
When I got H1N1 the doctors gave me fluids and kept an eye on me in the hospital
until I came around because I was very very sick. But you are not supposed to
get antibiotics for a virus. Otherwise it can mutate and become much worse.
The only reason antibiotics should be given out is for infections! A virus is a
strain that can not be cured with antibiotics otherwise it will mutate and if
you get it again it will be worse and immune to the medications you attempted to
treat it with before. Now I have never had to experience this with ferrets, but
I would just as well assume that they would be the same because they can
transfer sickness to us (humans).

Tiffany Howe

[Antibiotics are given when there is a risk of
secondary bacterial infection such as bacterial
pneumonia as a preventative. They should
never be given with a mild virus because the
risk of a secondary bacterial infection is very
low then, but with a pronounced viral infection
and with it being impossible to have the constant
monitoring that a human hospital gives there
is cause for caution.

Viruses do not mutate with antibiotics. The
resistance risk from antibiotics is with bacteria
because when antibiotics are used wrong the
surviving bacteria wind up being those which
are far stronger so the population shifts to a
more resistant one.

Viruses are very different from bacteria; they are
not bacteria.

-- Moderator]


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