Message 79: Myxomatosis

Radiohead has debuted a new song titled “Myxomatosis.” Myxomatosis is a viral disease that affects the skin and mucous membranes of rabbits. It was released by the Australian government in 1950 to control the country’s rabbit population. By 1953, 90% of the rabbit population had died. In 1953, the disease was transported to France by a man hoping to control the rabbit population on his estate near Paris. Subsequently, the disease has spread across Europe and to the UK. A thorough fact sheet explains the history and symptoms of the disease.

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