Salmonella is a bacteria that can make animals and people sick with a disease known as salmonellosis.
How it spreads :
People are infected with Salmonella by contaminated food items or drinks. Or with the contact of animal stool or animal food. The salmonella infection in ferrets is related to feeding them uncooked meat, and raw or unpasteurized milk.
Who is at risk :
Those who are at high risk of salmonella infection include children under the age of 5 years or adults who are 65 or older. Furthermore, those with a weak immune system will have a higher risk of illness.
Signs in ferrets :
Salmonella infections are rarely found in ferrets. However, ferrets must show any infection signs such as diarrhea (bloody), anemia (low red blood cell count), and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
Symptoms in people :
People who suffer from salmonella infection will have signs like fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Usually, the symptoms will show up after 6 hours to 4 days, and the infection will last for 4 to 7 days.