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Wide Use of Rabbit Virus Is Good News for Native Species

Science  10 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5297, pp. 154
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5297.154

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—The rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus—so far—is working exactly as Australian animal-control and health officials hoped when they released the deadly agent last fall in a controversial effort to combat a century-old plague of European rabbits. With a fatality rate of 95% in some regions, the virus is clearing the way for a rejuvenation of species ranging from the showy groundsel shrub to the western gray kangaroo.