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Myxomatosis threat for rabbit owners

By Alison Burkinshaw, Royston Reporter Friday 15th August 2014
RABBIT owners are being warned to vaccinate their fluffy friends following reports of the fatal virus myxomatosis being recorded in Brierley.

On Monday evening MyxomatosisNow tweeted: "Infected rabbits with Myxomatosis in Brierley, Near Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Please take ill ones to the vet and vaccinate pet rabbits."

Myxomatosis is a man-made disease to control the wild rabbit population.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "Myxomatosis is a virus spread by fleas, mites and biting flies.

"The early symptoms include puffy swellings around face, ears and eyes which can cause blindness. This swelling then spreads in the later stages.

"There is no specific treatment for the disease and recovery is usually very rare."
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Posted by Ann Massey I Sat 16th Aug 2014 at 2:58pm

We saw a wild rabbit in Redbrook who died of it last year. 3years and 11 years ago my pet rabbits died in Wombwell of this. It's nothing new. Not a nice disease for the poor bunnies that catch the disease.