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Papova is short form for Papovavirus or HaPV. Syrian and European hamsters seem to be affected by it the most. The first symptoms that you would notice of Papova are lumps on and around the neck of the hamster. From there it will spread on to the head and face. At this point it will start to spread quite rapidly inside the hamster. Internal bleeding and an overall lose of energy is common.

Unfortunately at this point there is no known treatment for Papova Virus and it is in fact fatal in most or all cases. There is still no harm in taking your hamster to the veterinarian because they will be able to confirm the diagnosis and give you suggestions to reduce the pain that the hamster feels.

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