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Normal Mouth and Intestinal Flora of the Ferret (Mustefa Furo L.)

Naturevolume 175page1048 (1955) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH the ferret is widely used as an experimental animal, particularly in the study of virus diseases, very little work has been done on the commensal bacteria of the animal itself. Some work on its pathological conditions has been published by Hughes1, Momberg-Jorgensen2, Symmers and Thomson3, Symmers, Thomson and Iland4, and Skulski and Symmers5; but none has been found concerning the bacterial flora which can commonly be isolated from the mouth and intestine of the healthy ferret. The present investigation was made to study this flora, in a colony of tuberculosis-free ferrets, maintained in first-class conditions, which has its own unit of breeding gills, and is augmented at intervals by fresh stock purchased from breeders in the surrounding area.

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  1. 1

    Hughes, D. L., in “The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory Animals”, A. N. Worden, ed. (Baillière, Tindall and Cox, London, 1947).

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    Momberg-Jorgensen, H. C., Acta. Path. Microbiol., Scand., 29, 297 (1951).

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    Symmers, W. St. C., and Thomson, A. P. D., J. Path. Bact., 65, 481 (1953).

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    Symmers, W. St. C., Thomson, A. P. D., and Iland, C. N., J. Comp. Path., 63, 20 (1953).

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    Skulski, G., and Symmers, W. St. C., J. Comp. Path., 64, 306 (1954).

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    Schweinburg, F. B., and Sylvester, E. M., Proc. Soc. Exp. Biol., N.Y., 82, 527 (1953).

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    Goret, P., Brion, A., Joubert, L., Renault, L., Courtis, B., Jouinot, G., and Clavel, P., Bull. Soc. Sci. Vet. Lyon., 53, 164 (1951).

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  1. Animal Health Trust Canine Research Station, Kennett, Nr. Newmarket, Suffolk



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