By F Fenner B Fantini
The booklet describes the typical heritage of myxoma virus in American rabbits and the heritage of its creation into eu rabbits at size. The alterations in rabbit and virus over the past 40 years give you the classical instance of coevolution of an outbreak and its vertebrate host and a paradigmatic version for the knowledge of an rising infectious illness. Rabbit haemorrhagic sickness virus has been spreading in Australia for less than 3 years, yet in a few components has been very powerful. Written through top international specialists in animal virology and the background of drugs.
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There was also a large rabbit breeding industry, on a commercial and a family scale, and rabbit breeders naturally wished to minimize the impact of myxomatosis on their animals, so they vaccinated them. In Australia the position was different. Rabbits were originally introduced for sport and were spread from one property to another by wealthy landowners (who were called squatters because they had ‘squatted’ on the land that they occupied). However, the squatters soon realized their pest potential and they led the pressure groups calling for rabbit control.
1980). Even before the establishment of acclimatization societies in the Australian colonies and in New Zealand in the 1850s and 1860s, there was much enthusiasm for introducing game animals, including rabbits. Among the keenest was Thomas Austin of Barwon Park2, a sheep station near Winchelsea, in western Victoria. After several unsuccessful attempts to establish domestic rabbits imported from England, he introduced two dozen pairs of wild- caught rabbits (possibly reduced to 13 animals by the time of their arrival) on the brig Lightning, which berthed in Melbourne on Christmas Day 1859.
The only mainland populations are in San Clemente Canyon Natural Park, San Diego, where there is a small feral stock of wildtype and piebald rabbits, near Marblemount and Seattle, Washington, and in some islands in the Snake River, Idaho (Flux, 1994). In response to the concerns of wildlife administrators and biologists in the United States, Thompson (1955) warned against attempts of sportsmen’s clubs to introduce onto the mainland the ‘San Juan’ rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), which had been released on the island of San Juan, off the coast of the State of Washington, about 1900 (Kirkpatrick, 1959).