Discussions relating to Hantavirus *Poll Added 6th April*

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Would you be interested in hantavirus testing?

No
8
13%
Yes, in the North
18
28%
Yes, in the Midlands
9
14%
Yes, in the South West
5
8%
Yes, in the South East
19
30%
Yes, anywhere
5
8%
 
Total votes: 64

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Discussions relating to Hantavirus *Poll Added 6th April*

Post by Fancy Rats Admin » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:33 am

Please use this thread for discussions relating to the announcement on Hantavirus.
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Re: Discussions relating to Hantavirus

Post by fuschia » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:33 pm

I just read the announcement and it's left me feeling shocked and very sad too. I don't like the idea of getting myself or my rats tested. Is it something that our vets are going to be concerned about?
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Post by cyber ratty » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:43 pm

It would potentially be something that a vet could contract from examining a rat patient, but I don't think anyone can decide about whether it's a concern at all until there is information on how widespread it seems to be.

The more widespread it is, the less reason there is for concern. If there are only a few rat homes affected, then a vet could easily take precautions to avoid any risk of contracting the virus.

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Post by Mulberry Jane » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:51 pm

Vets will be protecting themselves against a significant number of virus' and diseases that can be transmitted from pets to humans. If a vet is using usual precautions/hygiene levels which are necessary for protection from already known viruses I wouldn't think the vet will be at risk.
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Re: Discussions relating to Hantavirus

Post by Emmaggie » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:00 pm

I just feel that this is yet another reason for people to 'dislike' rats and should this become widespread knowledge then I will certainly get grief and pressure from others. Not that I would consider not having them anymore. :(

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Post by cyber ratty » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:05 pm

Sadly there are some people who are only too willing to use any available ammunition against rats. :( I expect the same people don't give a second thought to the things that dogs and cats can carry.

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Post by FoxyVixen » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:14 pm

I will not consider being tested until anonymous testing is available. This would be purely to add to data. I wouldn't want to have my pets under threat because of this.
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Re: Discussions relating to Hantavirus

Post by fuschia » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:34 pm

FoxyVixen wrote: I wouldn't want to have my pets under threat because of this.
That is what I'm worrying about. I don't think I could cope with it if I was ordered to get all my rats pts.



ETA Oh god please don't let the daily mail get hold of this.
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Post by Amzy » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:39 pm

fuschia wrote:
FoxyVixen wrote:


ETA Oh god please don't let the daily mail get hold of this.
Out of all of this, that is my biggest fear :(
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Post by SueN » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:48 pm

There is little doubt that at some point it will hit the press to some degree, as and when that happens it will be dealt with. The main point to make is that nobody needs to panic, if it is endemic then it has probably been around for some time. Just take sensible precautions with hygiene, and please observe quarantine if you are taking in rats from unknown sources and more so if they have come in from a 'wild' environment.
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Post by Amzy » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:55 pm

SueN wrote: and please observe quarantine if you are taking in rats from unknown sources and more so if they have come in from a 'wild' environment.
I don't think quarantine would work with Hantavirus though, would it? If a rat carries it, then a rat carries it? Unless you physically test like you would with lepto then theres no way of knowing whether rats from unknown sources carry it or not. What does concern me is wild rats getting into people's rat sheds etc

I'm not panicking as I believe it's probably been around for ages and only just come to the surface with Lisa's case :(
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Re: Discussions relating to Hantavirus

Post by Caza66 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:58 pm

I feel the same, I would rather suffer from ostrich syndrome (head in sand) than get tested and have to have my rats pts.

I used to keep birds of prey and when there was the big hoo-haa about bird flu it was the media blowing it out if proportion, i was a trustee for a wild bird of prey charity and found that generally the public didn't mind. But it is a worry.
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Re: Discussions relating to Hantavirus

Post by Athena » Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:13 pm

Crikey. Im not sure what i think about this. Poor Lisa :(

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Post by HybridHaylee » Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:19 pm

Is every rattery getting tested?
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Post by Stovokor » Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:21 pm

HybridHaylee wrote:Is every rattery getting tested?
No.

And be aware in regards to testing for rats, nowhere actually does this yet or so it seems, including referral labs and exotic practices.

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