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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-03-05 15:20:55 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Coronavirus and cancer clusters? Any experience?
To: fhl <>

I personally have not to date heard or read
of a similar situation following ECE, though
as you point out it might not have been ECE.
ECE does typically cause lasting damage to
the small intestine (not the large one).

The lymphoma clumps are fortunately pretty
rare and involve one specific type of lymphoma;
we personally have been through 2 such clumps
in our about 30 years with ferrets in the family.
The work on the possible viral predecessor for
that was done at MIT in the Dept of Comparative
Medicine and this immunoblastic-polymorphous
lymphoma appeared about three years after the
suggested viral exposure but the actual virus
could not be found because there simply were
not funds to continue the research. I have not
heard of anyone having enough funding to begin

If three years sounds similar, yes, that is the same
average time frame after neutering for adrenal
neoplasia to develop. Many growths take a very
long time to develop, years for ferrets and decades
for humans, so any growths that developed within
months of an illness would be unusually aggressive
ones unless there was an earlier shared cause or
unless the clump was a coincidence (which does
happen), or unless the causes were not tumors.

This certainly needs watching. Was tissue retained
for later testing?

Sukie (not a vet)

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"All hail the procrastinators for they shall rule the world tomorrow."
(2010, Steve Crandall)


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