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Human Influenza Virus in Ferrets

Treatment

 

The veterinarian will diagnose the viral infection and treat with antiviral drugs; treating for secondary complications, such as pneumonia, as needed. The ferret will take about one to two weeks to completely recover from the infection.

 

It is important you provide plenty of fluids for your ferret and follow other recommended treatments during this time. Lethargic ferrets or those not eating may need electrolytes to prevent a further decline in health.

 

Prevention

 

Quarantine all ferrets suspected of having the influenza virus. And make sure you limit your contact with a ferret when you are sick with the flu. Washing hands frequently will also prevent the spread of the infection through touch and contact.

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