Myxomatosis is a highly fatal viral disease. Like calicivirus, myxomatosis is prevalent in the Australian wild rabbit population and is an approved population control. It is spread from wild rabbits and transmitted by fleas and mosquitoes. There is to date no known cure and unfortunately there is still no vaccination available for Myxomatosis in Australia. Good insect control and flea prevention is essential to prevent pet rabbits from contracting Myxomatosis.
Insect control could include:
- Keep your rabbits indoors where possible
- Insect proofing all outdoor hutches and runs with mosquito netting.
- Keep rabbits inside at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active