Myxomatosis – the facts:
– Myxomatosis is a threat to both wild and domestic rabbits
– Myxomatosis is typically spread by blood sucking insects and in particular the rabbit flea
– Signs include classic bulging eyes that most of us associate with myxomatosis, localised swellings around the head, face, ears, lips, anus and genitalia
– There is no specific treatment for the virus and any treatment offered is merely supportive
To help prevent your rabbit from contracting myxomatosis, it is important to put various controls in place, for which there are two main methods: control of parasites and vaccination.
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Myxomatosis is caused by the myxoma virus, a type of pox virus that only affects rabbits. It was first discovered in 1896 in Uruguay and was imported to Australia in 1951 to control its large rabbit populations. The disease was illegally introduced to France in 1952 and it appeared in Britain the fo…