The current UK vaccine, Nobivac Myxo-RHD , offers protection against RVHD-1 and Myxomatosis
, but is unlikely to offer any protection against RVHD-2, as this strain of the virus is genetically different.
The first effective biologic control of an invasive species was Myxomatosis
virus introduced into Australian rabbits, after 40 years of dithering, in the early 1950s.
is a man-made disease to control the rabbit population.
was introduced in the 1950s as a control method to help control spiralling wild rabbit numbers.
And if "Myxomatosis
" wasn't enough to give you the heebie-jeebies (in a good way), Yorke sounded like he was one of the "Children of the Damned" delivering a demented schoolyard-like taunt on the eerie "The Gloaming."
(8), but this strain was later shown to cause myxomatosis
symptoms in rabbits (9,10).
Because the rabbits were causing catastrophic damage to the island's vegetation, Myxomatosis
and the European rabbit flea (which spreads the Myxoma virus) were introduced in 1968.
The veterinary charity PDSA has reported dramatic increases in the incidence of myxomatosis
in three of its PetAid hospitals.
In 1953, it was estimated there might be 100 million rabbits in the country, so the disease myxomatosis
was welcomed by landowners desperate to protect their crops.
The decline of the lynx accelerated in the 1970s when myxomatosis
and VHD wiped out the rabbit population.
This little hamlet (population 1,171 until the latest myxomatosis
victim popped her paws at the weekend) found a place on the map when Wetherby included the Tockwith Selling Hurdle on its card on Saturday.
Broad-scale control methods that require passive transport of control agents by dispersing rabbits, such as myxomatosis
and calicivirus disease, are unlikely to prove effective where rabbit populations occur in small, isolated sub-units.