Escherichia spp are a normal commensal bacteria of the ferret intestinal flora.
Although E. coli rarely causes disease, flourishing populations within the bowel of ferrets can lead to production of cytotoxic factors such as necrotizing factor 1 (CNF1) produced by uropathogenic strains.
Enterotoxigenic E. coli have been reported in ferrets, and presents as acute, debilitating diarrhea which is highly fatal.
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- Bradley GA et al (2001) Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli infection in captive black-footed ferrets. J Wildl Dis 37(3):617-620