Myxomatosis / Myxoma virus (MV)

Last Modified: Tue, 21 Nov 2023 09:12:12 GMT
Disease name Myxomatosis / Myxoma virus (MV)
Animal Health Law Category if applicable N/A
Species affected Lagomorphs
Description Myxomatosis is caused by the poxvirus MV and is an important disease of the Leporidae family. Although myxomatosis causes very mild disease in its original hosts native to South America, it leads to severe disease with high mortality in some species of rabbits and hares, especially European rabbits.
Status in Ireland Present
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland Not applicable
DAFM Division Responsible Virology Division
Link to relevant external website
Notifiable in Ireland No
WOAH Listed Yes