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18 April 2018 Detecting European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) Disease Outbreaks by Monitoring Digital Media
David E. Peacock, Tiggy L. Grillo
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Digital media and digital search tools offer simple and effective means to monitor for pathogens and disease outbreaks in target organisms. Using tools such as Rich Site Summary feeds, and Google News and Google Scholar specific key word searches, international digital media were actively monitored from 2012 to 2016 for pathogens and disease outbreaks in the taxonomic order Lagomorpha, with a specific focus on the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). The primary objective was identifying pathogens for assessment as potential new biocontrol agents for Australia's pest populations of the European rabbit. A number of pathogens were detected in digital media reports. Additional benefits arose in the regular provision of case reports and research on myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus that assisted with current research.

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David E. Peacock and Tiggy L. Grillo "Detecting European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) Disease Outbreaks by Monitoring Digital Media," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 54(3), 544-547, (18 April 2018). https://doi.org/10.7589/2017-05-121
Received: 29 May 2017; Accepted: 1 November 2017; Published: 18 April 2018
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biological control agent
detection
emerging disease
open-source intelligence
Oryctolagus cuniculus
pathogen
reporting
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