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Rabbit virus sparks quarantine

posted on April 14, 2000


"EH ... WHAT'S UP DOC?" A RABBIT-KILLING VIRUS THE DOCTOR CAN'T CURE.

AN IOWA COUNTY IS UNDER QUARANTINE AFTER A CONFIRMED CASE OF A FOREIGN DISEASE CALLED RABBIT CACIVIRUS.

THE INFECTIOUS VIRAL DISEASE AFFECTS SHOW RABBITS AND THOSE RAISED FOR MEAT ... BUT NOT THE COTTON-TAIL OR JACK RABBITS.

THE DISEASE DAMAGES THE RABBIT'S LIVER, INTESTINES AND LYMPHATIC TISSUE, AND CAUSES BLOOD CLOTS. THE ANIMALS DIE WITHIN SIX TO 24 HOURS AFTER A FEVER STARTS.

WHILE THE VIRUS CAN BE CARRIED ON SUCH AS BOOTS AND HANDS ... IT IS NOT KNOWN TO BE HARMFUL TO HUMANS.


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