Ferret coronavirus

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Ferret coronavirus
Virus classification Edit this classification
(unranked): Virus
Realm: Riboviria
Kingdom: Orthornavirae
Phylum: Pisuviricota
Class: Pisoniviricetes
Order: Nidovirales
Family: Coronaviridae
Genus: Alphacoronavirus
Subgenus: Minacovirus
Ferret coronavirus

Green Slime Disease

The ferret coronavirus is a coronavirus which infects ferrets and is a strain of the species Mink coronavirus 1. The first cases in ferrets were detected in March 1993 in the east coast of the United States. It was previously known as Green Slime Disease. The illness is highly contagious among ferrets, has a short incubation period, and has a mortality rate of about 5 percent. Symptoms include diarrhea and intestinal damage. Less pronounced symptoms are bloody stools, dehydration, lethargy, weight loss, and weakness.[1][2][3][4]

The reason that this disease is sometimes referred to as Green Slime Disease is that Green Slime Disease causes stool to turn dark green and fluorescent.[5]

There are two types of ferret coronavirus. These are ferret enteric coronavirus and ferret systemic coronavirus.[6]   


  1. ^ Murray, Jerry; Kiupel, Matti; Maes, Roger K. (2010). "Ferret Coronavirus-Associated Diseases". Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. 13 (3): 543–560. doi:10.1016/j.cvex.2010.05.010. PMC 7110453. PMID 20682435.
  2. ^ Li, T. C.; Yoshizaki, S.; Kataoka, M.; Doan, Y. H.; Ami, Y.; Suzaki, Y.; Nakamura, T.; Takeda, N.; Wakita, T. (2017). "Determination of Ferret Enteric Coronavirus Genome in Laboratory Ferrets". Emerging Infectious Diseases. 23 (9): 1568–1570. doi:10.3201/eid2309.160215. PMC 5572892. PMID 28820366.
  3. ^ "Epizootic Catarrhal Enteritis (ECE or "Green Slime Disease") in Ferrets" (PDF). sawneeanimalclinic.com.
  4. ^ "Viral Infection (ECE) in Ferrets".
  5. ^ "Gastrointestinal Problems in Ferrets". avianandanimal.com. April 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "Ferret coronavirus taxonomy".