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RE: Q's out of curiosity

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Posted by: PHRatz at Mon Oct 31 11:32:37 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHRatz ]  
   

>>A little joke? Herpes outbreak I witnessed in a very long term (12-13yrs.?) desert tortoise, no known exposures to carriers. It was dreadful, with a dramatic and creeping mass of sores on the tortoises head, oral cavity, throat, resulting in tube feeding and extensive vet care (with limited efficacy...) I probably should have referred to A. horsefieldi rather than Russians...anyway, try hard to avoid this dreadful malady said to me commonly associated with A. horsefieldi.

I've read for years that A. horsefieldi carries herpes but you are the first person I've "met" who's actually witnessed it any tortoise species.
Did the tortoise not live? Was there no medication to help? I know antibiotics would be useless but I've often pondered the idea of whether or not these newer interferon drugs or any type of antiviral/antiherpes drugs for humans would help.
Sorry it happened.
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