The ferret: an animal model to study influenza virus

Lab Anim (NY). 2004 Oct;33(9):50-3. doi: 10.1038/laban1004-50.


There has been much critical influenza research conducted in a little-known laboratory animal--the ferret. The authors review some of these findings, discuss the reasons the ferret often becomes a model for influenza infection, and compare the ferret with other animal models.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ferrets / anatomy & histology
  • Ferrets / physiology
  • Ferrets / virology*
  • Models, Animal*
  • Orthomyxoviridae Infections / immunology*
  • Orthomyxoviridae Infections / pathology*
  • Orthomyxoviridae*