Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Wildl Dis. 1998 Jul;34(3):429-35.

Impact of viral hemorrhagic disease on a wild population of European rabbits in France.

Author information

  • 1Office National de la Chasse, Nantes, France.

Abstract

An outbreak of rabbit viral hemorrhagic disease (RVHD) and of myxomatosis occurred in a free-living population of rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) near Paris (France) in 1995. Annual mortality rates were 88% in adults and 99% in juveniles. There was no difference in mortality rates between males and females. Since most adults were protected with myxoma antibodies after May, they probably died of RVHD. Mortality lasted throughout the year despite high proportions of rabbits having developed myxomatosis and RVHD antibodies, which suggests that the combination of the two diseases and the immunosuppressive characteristics of myxoma virus could be responsible for the mortality caused by RVHD. The proportion of juveniles with RVHD antibodies increased with their weight. Seroconversion against RVHD occurred in spring and autumn.

PMID:
9706551
DOI:
10.7589/0090-3558-34.3.429
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for BioOne
    Loading ...
    Support Center