Myxoma virus in rabbits.

  title={Myxoma virus in rabbits.},
  author={Peter J. Kerr and Sonja M. Best},
  journal={Revue scientifique et technique},
  volume={17 1},
Myxoma virus in European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is one of the best documented examples of host-virus co-evolution. In the natural hosts (Sylvilagus brasiliensis or S. bachmani rabbits in the Americas), myxoma virus causes a benign cutaneous fibroma. In European rabbits, however, myxoma virus causes the fulminant disease, myxomatosis. When introduced into wild European rabbit populations in Australia, Europe and Great Britain, the virus was initially highly lethal, killing in excess of… CONTINUE READING
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