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He's probably is sneezing, dont worry too much though its really common and sometimes these things just come and go and dont affect the health of the mice involved-it depends on the virus/bacteria which is causing the illness.
I've been doing a bit of reading up about sneezing lately and this is what I've found but it might not all be 100% accurate as lots of different sources say different things!
Even after the mouse has stopped sneezing it can still pass the virus onto other mice but I've read that nearly all mice carry the virus anyway. The virus only results in signs of illness such as sneezing when the number of pathogens becomes too much for the mouses immune sytem to fight off, this can be either when the mouses living conditions are not clean enough so the virus is in the bedding and allowed to build up (also ammonia from the urine is bad for the resp tract) or when the mouses immune sytem is weakend through stress or something.
I would probably avoid breeding from a mouse which is actively ill and sneezing but whether you breed form them again once they have stopped is a personal decision. Until recently I have been culling any mouse that shows signs of respiritory infection but I've realised it was a fairly futile attempt to keep the virus out of my stud especially as I am showing and getting new stock from time to time and theres no way to keep your mice 100% safe. You could keep the mouse in isoation for its whole life and one day it could start sneezing because it would have picked up the virus from its mother and carrying it all its life.
 

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Yes the vaporub stuff might help, I haven't tried it but I have read that it has worked for others. Keep him really clean and make sure the urine doesn't build up as that will irritate his resp problems more. Once he has started to sneeze he might never stop but it doesnt necessarily mean any other mice he is in will become ill, just keep an eye on keeping them clean again to reduce the pathogens hanging around.

If he is a new mouse it might have been the stress of the move or adjusting to a new environment, mice really can be quite delicate and the first thignt o be effected always seems to be the respiritory system.
 
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