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monitoring the spread of myxoma virus in rabbit oryctolagus cuniculus populations on the southern tablelands of new south wales, australia. iii. release, persistence and rate of spread of an identifiable strain of myxoma virus.an identifiable strain of myxoma virus was introduced into four local populations of wild rabbits oryctolagus cuniculus on the southern tablelands of new south wales (nsw) and its spread in the presence of other field strains was monitored for 6 months. the main vector in this region was considered to be the european rabbit flea spilopsyllis cuniculi. each population of rabbits was of a high density and living in groups of warrens covering areas from 59 to 87 hectares. rabbits occupying centrall ...200312613755
monitoring the spread of myxoma virus in rabbit oryctolagus cuniculus populations on the southern tablelands of new south wales, australia. ii. selection of a strain of virus for release.to be able to study the dynamics of myxoma virus spread following a release in the field, a strain of virus is required that is both highly transmissible and readily differentiated from other field strains. eight strains of virus of known virulence for laboratory rabbits and with previously mapped and sequenced restriction fragment length polymorphisms, were used to infect groups of seronegative wild rabbits. based on these trials, and on the nature of the dna polymorphism, a virus designated br ...200312613754
monitoring the spread of myxoma virus in rabbit oryctolagus cuniculus populations on the southern tablelands of new south wales, australia. i. natural occurrence of myxomatosis.a survey of rabbit populations in the southern tablelands of new south wales, australia, was carried out to establish the pattern of occurrence of myxomatosis in preparation for a deliberate release of myxoma virus. myxomatosis was first detected in december and cases were found on most sites through to may. the serological profiles of rabbit populations suggested that their susceptibility to myxoma virus was generally low in winter and highest in spring and summer reflecting the presence of inc ...200312613753
myxomatosis: changes in the epidemiology of myxomatosis coincident with the establishment of the european rabbit flea spilopsyllus cuniculi (dale) in the mallee region of victoria.outbreaks of myxomatosis during the winter or spring have coincided with the establishment of the european rabbit flea in the mallee region. the severity of these outbreaks has varied from causing complete suppression of the normal spring increase in rabbit numbers to being completely ineffective in a year in which late spring rains allowed rabbit breeding to extend into the early summer.in 1973 and 1974 effective spring myxomatosis caused heavy mortality in kittens before they emerged from the ...1978569676
myxomatosis: the introduction of the european rabbit flea spilopsyllus cuniculi (dale) into wild rabbit populations in australia.1. the european rabbit flea spilopsyllus cuniculi (dale) bred successfully in wild rabbits on three properties in new south wales and, within two breeding seasons, almost every rabbit shot within a quarter of a mile of a release site was infested.2. it was demonstrated that the flea transmitted myxoma virus in the field.3. in areas where more than 75% of the rabbits shot at the beginning of the breeding season were flea-infested and myxoma virus was present, populations failed to show the expect ...19715285938
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