Paper published: Risk factors for cutaneous myiasis (blowfly strike) in pet rabbits in Great Britain based on text-mining veterinary electronic health records

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Our latest research entitled 'Risk factors for cutaneous myiasis (blowfly strike) in pet rabbits in Great Britain based on text-mining veterinary electronic health records' has been published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine.  The paper is available open access.

  • Flystrike was recorded in 0.6% of rabbit consultations collected over three years from 389 sentinel practices across the UK
  • Fortyfive percent of consultations resulted in the euthanasia or death of the animal
  • Rabbits five years of age and over were more than 3.8 times likely to present for blowfly strike
  • Female entire rabbits were at greatest risk, being 3.3 times more likely to be affected than neutered females
  • For every 1 °C rise in predicted environmental temperature, there was a 33% increase in risk of flystrike

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