Myxomatosis


Blue Bunny Monkey-buns 02. Februar 2010:

Myxomatosis Is unfortunately a common disease in the UK. A lot o rabbit owners will know about this disease and the awful things it can do to rabbits yet not many owners take it seriously enough to get their rabbits vaccinated and even house rabbits are still at a high risk of this terrible disease. Hear is a little information about Myxomatosis.
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 – initially having the desired devastating effect. The disease was illegally introduced to France in 1952 and it appeared in Britain the following year. It quickly spread to both wild and domestic rabbit populations and within a few years had spread throughout Europe. Myxomatosis has been a threat to wild and domestic rabbits ever since
HOW IT IS SPREAD:
Myxomatosis is typically spread by blood sucking insects and in particular the rabbit flea, Spilopsyllus cuniculi. This flea is frequently found on wild rabbits and transmission in the absence of bites is unusual. All breeds of domestic rabbit can be affected, with little to suggest that one breed is more susceptible than another, and whatever the lifestyle of your rabbit there is a potential risk of this disease.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
The incubation period varies depending on the strain and its virulence and is typically at least five days. Accompanying the classic bulging eyes that most of us associate with myxomatosis, are localised swellings around the head, face, ears, lips, anus and genitalia. Severe swellings can lead to blindness and distortion around the face within a day or so of the onset of symptoms, leading to difficulty with feeding and drinking. Bacterial respiratory infection often complicates the disease resulting in a fatal pneumonia.
Progress of the disease may be slower in well cared for pet rabbits and recovery is sometimes possible with intensive care. However, myxomatosis can be a very protracted and profoundly unpleasant disease and euthanasia is generally recommended. Recovery in the wild occasionally occurs but for animals with severe signs death usually occurs about 12 days after initial infection.
PLEASE take this message seriously remember its not just wild rabbits that have and can catch this disease EVERY!! rabbit is which includes domestic. Book your rabbits appointment when ever you can and get them vaccinated every 6 months and its never too late!
Thank you for reading. Love from Blue and his mum 🙂

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