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Myxomatosis - Deadly Virus Affecting Rabbits

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  • Myxomatosis is a virus in domestic rabbits, usually caused by insects such as fleas and mosquitoes. It is almost always fatal but does not affect humans
  • Symptoms come on quickly, evidenced by swollen, pink-tinged eyes, lips, face and genitals. A high temperature and seizures follow
  • In the U.S., the virus is found in a strip from Oregon to California and south through Baja California, Mexico, where the wild brush rabbit is the “reservoir” of the disease, but is not affected by it.
  • Indoor rabbits have a much better chance of survival than those left outside. If pet rabbits must be outdoors, they should be in a pen with sides, a top, floor and a very secure door


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