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Myxomatosis - myxy Owner Factsheet

Italian microbiologist Sanarelli first reported myxomatosis in 1896 when a laboratory rabbit colony he had imported into Uruguay for public health research suddenly died of an extremely infectious disease. The virus was identified in the 1930s and has subsequently been used in biological warfare against the rabbit population of Australia and France in the 1950s. It spread from France to the UK in 1953 where it decimated the European wild rabbit population and is now widespread both in wild and domestic rabbits in the UK.

What is myxomatosis?

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