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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-03-13 19:06:57 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] abstract
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There are a range of mycobacteria and a range of animals who get certain ones. There are multiple mycobacteria ferrets can get. People also get some which multiple other species get. In humans this species of mycobacterium causes lung infection in immunocompromised people, but if both a ferret and a human were ill then extra work would need to be done -- if it was not -- to be sure which way the route of infection went. With influenza, for example, humans and ferrets can infect each other but ferrets only rarely infect humans whereas humans often infect ferrets. (Which just makes sense when you consider how much more stuff becomes airborne when we sneeze or cough compared to how many fewer droplets come out when a ferret sneezes or coughs simply because they are so small and we are so big by comparison.)

> 1. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Mar;17(3):553-5.
> Risk for Mycobacterium celatum Infection from Ferret.
> Ludwig E, Reischl U, Holzmann T, Melzl H, Janik D, Gilch C, Hermanns W.
> Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Munich, Germany (E. Ludwig, D. Janik, W.
> Hermanns); Universitatsklinik Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany (U. Reischl, T.
> Holzmann, H. Melzl); and arztliche Klinik Nurnberg Hafen, Nuremberg, Germany (C.
> Gilch).
> To the Editor: Mycobacterium celatum belongs to the group called "mycobacteria
> other than tuberculosis"; it is characterized by slow growth and a slender,
> rod-shaped form (0.25-0.5 x 0.5-13.0 um). The cells are acid fast and do not form
> cords or branches. The species name, celatum, which means hidden or concealed,
> refers to the problem of phenotypically distinguishing the species from other
> mycobacteria, especially M. xenopi. M. celatum was first described in 1993 as a
> pathogen in persons with AIDS (1). Until now, few cases in humans have been
> reported; those cases were predominantly disseminated mycobacteriosis in
> immunocompromised patients (mainly those with AIDS), but they have also occurred
> in immunocompetent persons (1,2). For animals, 1 case of M. celatum infection in
> a ferret has been described (3). We describe another case in a ferret, with
> possible transmission to a human.
> PMID: 21392459 [PubMed - in process]


Sukie (not a vet)

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