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Gamma retrovirus in other rodents?

Discussion in 'XMRV Testing, Treatment and Transmission' started by FernRhizome, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    Gamma retrovirus in other rodents, both pets (hamsters etc.) and wild? Fleas?

    Is there any reason why the XMRV gamma retrovirus couldn't be in other rodents? Such as pet hamsters, gerbils, or gunea pigs? Or rats, pet or wild? It seems to me if XMRV hopped into humans, which is a big hop from rodent to mammal, then it certainly would have made an easier hop first from one type of rodent to another?

    I am thinking of all the pet hamsters I raised as a kid, of the pet rat I took care of for a high school friend who was away for a semester, of the gerbils and gunea pigs my brother had as a kid. And of the wild rodents besides mice, such as rats, moles, etc. that live in the rural areas of a rural state (and of course there are city wild versions as well).

    The retorviral researchers must be very aware of this since they've known about the mouse version for some 80 (?) years I think. Presumably they would have looked at other rodent species as well. ~Fern
     
  2. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    hey could we add a question to the XMRV positive survey asking if the person had pet rodents growing up??? ~Fern
     
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    Countrygirl Senior Member

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    I have wondered about this possible connection. I received a deep bite from a pet guinea pig, before I developed M.E. We need another poll, perhaps. It certainly is a question worth asking.
     
  4. V99

    V99 *****

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    A friend of mine became I'll around the age of 10, her younger sister a few years later, and her mum has been sick for about 30 - 40 years. I got I'll around the same time as the younger sister.

    They always had hamsters and guinea pigs.
     
  5. Michelle

    Michelle Decennial ME/CFS patient

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    We too had hamsters/gerbils when I was very little.

    I've also wondered about fleas from pets like cats/dogs. We had terrible problems with them within the year or so I started getting sick with what was probably not quite yet ME/CFS -- just mild, persistent fatigue, IBS, and frequent respiratory infections, so much so that my legs would be covered in flea bites. I have absolutely no background in science, but remember that fleas can spread infections to humans (i.e bubonic plague). But then, that wasn't a retrovirus and I have no idea if retroviruses could spread in such a way.
     
  6. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    Wow, I forgot all about fleas! Interesting! I once had a terrible infestation and had to bomb the house.
     
  7. Michelle

    Michelle Decennial ME/CFS patient

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    We had to bomb the house multiple times that summer and the next. It was awful.
     
  8. Countrygirl

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    The pesticides used in this process, of course, cause a ME-type illness. This was researched by the Glasgow research team, Prof Behan and Dr Gow.
     
  9. Marco

    Marco Old blackguard

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    With three cats running around in the fields we have frequent problems with fleas. I always know when they have them because I start feeling really sick - before any fleas or flea bites are noticed. Growing up we always had cats and no health problems, but the onset of my illness coincided with us taking in a stray kitten!
     

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