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Deadly virus threatens pet rabbits

Published Sunday July 24

What: A deadly virus affecting domestic rabbits and spread by biting insects, such as mosquitoes and fleas.

Symptoms: Early signs include swelling of eyes, lips, genitals. As disease progresses, victim struggles to breath and eventually suffers seizures.

FELTON >> Veterinarian Hilary Stern is urging pet rabbit owners to bring their animals indoors to prevent infection by a killer virus.

3 domesticated bunnies from the San Lorenzo Valley were euthanized last week after being diagnosed with myxomatosis, a nearly always fatal virus spread by mosquitoes, fleas and other biting insects.

“I couldn’t imagine them suffering and in pain,” stated Frost.

Article length: About 560 words.
Tags: Santa Cruz
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