myxomatosis : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  a viral disease (usually fatal) of rabbits

  • Most Australian scientists are convinced that myxomatosis is still the best weapon against rabbits.
  • People saw myxomatosis as the final solution, says Parks Victoria's Sandell, "and obviously it wasn't.
  • When myxomatosis was accidentally imported into England in 1953, the homeland of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail was horrified.

  • Christine Milne in The Age
    Rabbits are breeding faster because of long dry spells, a direct result of climate change. Myxomatosis is no longer as effective as it was and the chief predator, cats, has been eradicated,Senator Milne said. "The damage being done to...

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