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Encephalitozoon cuniculi Owner Factsheet

Encephalitozoon cuniculi was virtually unrecognised as a cause of disease in pet rabbits until a few years ago.  Nowadays it is much more widely diagnosed amongst pet rabbits, with owners of affected rabbits wanting to learn as much as possible in order to give their rabbits the best care possible. However, the disease isnt a straightforward one, and there is still a lot that we dont understand about it, so it does take some explaining in order to understand what it is, what it does and how it is currently treated.
Image: Head tilt: Encephalitozoon cuniculi - ©Richard Saunders BSc BVSc MRCVS CertZooMEd CBiol MIBiol

What is Encephalitozoon cuniculi?

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How is E. cuniculi transmitted?

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What symptoms and disease processes does it cause in rabbits?

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How is E. cuniculi diagnosed?

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What is the treatment for E. cuniculi?

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Does my rabbit need routine treatment?

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Does treatment cure the problem?

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How can I stop my rabbit getting E. cuniculi?

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Can I have my rabbit vaccinated against E. cuniculi?

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What is the outlook for rabbits with E. cuniculi?

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