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    RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)

    Hi,

    There is an outbreak of RSV in my community, do you know if guinea pigs are prone to this virus?

    Thanks.

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    Re: RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Ok the results are all medical research papers and I'm not an MD. I work in IT and I google things all day, hence why I'm asking in this forum for a layman's explanation. C'mon man. Help a brother out.

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    Re: RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)

    You just asked if they could get it. All the papers were about giving RSV to guinea pigs. So yes, they can get it.

    That's as far as I got with the papers, because I thought that's all you wanted to know.

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    Re: RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)

    According to MSDSOnline, various animals including guinea pigs have been infected through intranasal injections in lab tests. The virus is spread by significant prolonged contact with an infected person or significant exposure to nasal mucus with contaminated hands. The virus can live on dry surfaces for 2 to 30 hours depending on temp and humidity.

    The usual precaution when there are viruses is thorough hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, cover sneezes using the inside of your elbow and not your hands, keep hands away from your face. I wash my hands before I handle my guinea pig because I also have a dog. There is a type of bordatella that is contagious from healthy dogs to guinea pigs. Some nurses I know change clothes before they hug their children when they come home from work. That might be a good idea as well if people at work are sick.

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