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Can humans get myxomatosis?

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Answered 2011-09-12 15:31:36

No. To prove it have you heard anyone who's had it, would they have released it if we can catch it? Not like foot and mouth when you see that on news because it can harm us. Half of people who hunt would have myxi else....

Some scientists injected themselves with the virus to prove it didn't affect humans and it didn't hurt them at all.

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