rabbitpox virus

rab·bit·pox vi·rus

an Orthopoxvirus that causes epidemics of pox in laboratory rabbits; immunologically, it is closely related to vaccinia virus but is more virulent in rabbits.
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Rabbitpox virus from Utrecht has a unique deletion of only 2 residues (254, 255); VACV-3737 and VACV-Malbran share a 5--amino acid deletion (245-249).