HC Deb 23 July 1959 vol 609 cc159-60W
Sir A. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in which parts of the country myxomatosis has re-appeared as a killing disease this summer; and to what extent rabbits have developed immunity where the disease has been prevalent in earlier years.

Mr. John Hare

There have been fairly widespread outbreaks of virulent myxomatosis this summer in Northumberland and to a lesser extent in counties in the South-East, with scattered outbreaks elsewhere. The percentage of rabbits recovering from myxomatosis and developing immunity varies widely in different areas and may be as low as 5 per cent. or as high as 80 per cent.