Brown hares could face extinction after mysterious deaths identified as myxomatosis

Submitted by arduinna in collapse

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Early examinations suggest the animals are victims of myxomatosis, a virus introduced to the UK in the 1950s to control rabbits that killed 99 per cent of the population.

The disease can kill in a day, attacking internal organs and causing great pain to victims, which often die screaming. It can be spread by insects, by people who have handled infected animals and even by the wind, but there is no risk to human health.


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