UPDATE

UPDATE: I just met here with 2 Drs from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. They had to deliver the official quarantine notice and had paperwork to fill out and questions to be answered. We’re working out the details for the blood draws on the rats and hope to have that done early next week sometime. Then it will take a few days for CDC to get and test the samples. Depending on when we’re able to coordinate that visit, I should have an answer one way or the other by end of next week or early the following.
 
Please keep sending good thoughts and prayers and any other energy you can that the rats all test negative.
 
I’ll post more updates as I have them. Thank you for all your support through this. It is very much appreciated.
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–ALL LESSONS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE–

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–ALL LESSONS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE–
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I was JUST contacted by the CDC who informed me that the rats I recently purchased are involved in the virus investigation. As a precautionary measure, I am suspending all classes until I can get them tested and verified as virus free or until CDC gives the go ahead for lessons to resume. I don’t suspect them to be positive, but since they don’t get sick themselves, it is hard to tell from them. But I have been around them daily and have done cage cleanings, etc. with no gloves or mask and no ill effects. But I have to take this seriously and ensure all of you are protected and I want to keep you informed.
 
I’ll be contacting anyone scheduled for lessons, so if you have a lesson scheduled and get this notice, please let me know in the comments below or by email so that I can take you off my call list. It IS possible that we will be able to resume lessons fairly quickly given how little contact you all have with the rats, but I have to wait for the CDC to let me know that. And if they say not till the rats are tested, that could take a couple weeks given the volume of rats they need to test. Cost of the testing for all my rats may also be a factor I have to consider and if they don’t get tested or any test positive, they have to be humanely killed (which could seriously delay training till I can get more, if I can get more).
 
Very sorry for this, but I feel it’s better to be safe and I want you all to be informed. I wish the breeder could have contacted me sooner, but she said the CDC told her not to contact anyone so as not to start a panic.
 
However, THE VIRUS IS NOT TRANSMITTED PERSON TO PERSON, only rat to person and you would have had to come in contact with their urine, droppings, or saliva and get one or more of those inside you (ingestion, or a bite for example). I asked the CDC contact if it can be transmitted to dogs and she said yes, but they simply develop antibodies and show zero signs of any infection and dogs cannot transmit it to people in any way. Only rats can transmit the disease and as I said, only through their urine, droppings or saliva getting into a human’s system.
 
I will keep you all updated as I learn more.