Poxviruses cause several important diseases in domestic and wild mammals and birds. Infection with poxviruses usually results in relatively mild disease involving the skin of the infected animals, however, generalized and often fatal disease may also occur, for example, in myxomatosis in rabbits. Close antigenic relationships exist among many poxviruses derived from different animal species. In spite of close antigenic relationships, the poxviruses of rabbits that produce distinct disease syndromes are discussed as separate entities.
There are different strains of the virus which vary in their virulence basically the ability to cause disease. Domestic rabbits are at high risk!
How is Myxomatosis Spread?: The virus is spread by biting insects e. Myxomatosis can take several courses. Rabbits may suddenly become very ill with conjunctivitis red, runny eyesa high fever, loss of appetite and lethargy, and may die within 48 hours.
Sometimes the illness lasts longer, and the mucous membranes and other tissues become swollen, including the eyes, nose, mouth, ears which become droopy and the genital and anal areas.
The entire face may become very swollen, and thick pus may be discharged from the nose and the rabbit may have difficulty breathing. Most rabbits die within 14 days. In more chronic cases and depending on the strain of virus and immunity of the rabbit lumps and nodules myxomas may develop over the body.
Rabbits with this form may survive, and become immune to myxomatosis virus. This seems to be a less likely course of disease in domestic rabbits, however, with most suffering from the acute forms with eventual death. Wild rabbits Sylvilagus act as the natural or reservoir host.
The virus causes local skin tumors in wild lagomorphs.
The disease is caused by several strains of poxviruses on the more virulent end of the myxoma-fibroma spectrum of viruses. The highly virulent variant occurring in western California and Oregon is, appropriately, the California strain; other strains exist in South America, Australia, and Europe.
The highly virulent virus is transmitted from the wild reservoir primarily by arthropod vectors.
The dimensions of the transmission vary with the populations of mosquitoes, mite, and fleas feeding on rabbits. An increase in myxomatosis is seen from August to November. As these populations vary with seasons and years, so does the incidence of myxomatosis.
Arthropods act as mechanical vector, as might birds, plants and fomites. The first signs following infection with California strain produce a "sleepy eyed" rabbit, mild lethargy, red eyes and swollen lids, fever, and a watery ocular discharge.The first thing to look at is the interrelationships between the rabbits and other species.
Rabbits are herbivores, primary consumers. They are highly selective grazers that concentrate on the most nutritious plants and keep the surrounding vegetation short.
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