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Rabbit haemorrhagic disease in the United Kingdom
  1. HE Fuller,
  2. D Chasey,
  3. MH Lucas and
  4. JC Gibbens
  1. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Veterinary Investigation Centre, Coley Park, Reading, Berkshire.


In April 1992, an investigation of sudden, increased mortality among adult rabbits on two premises in the south of England revealed clinical and pathological findings consistent with rabbit haemorrhagic disease. Virus particles morphologically resembling caliciviruses were detected in the livers of affected rabbits, and further studies confirmed the first recorded cases of rabbit haemorrhagic disease in the United Kingdom.

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