Species which have been reported as pathogenic include:
- Alcaligenes xylosoxidans
Although ferrets are usually asymptomatically-infected, cases of human endocarditis have been reported.
These facultative anerobic rods are a normal commensal of the the dentogingival sulcus of the ferret mouth.
Immunosuppression appears to result in heightened numbers within the oral flora.
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