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- n. Any of many poxviruses, of the genus Parapoxvirus, that have a spiral coat.
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The grey carries a disease, squirrel parapoxvirus, that does not appear to affect their health but will often kill the reds.
On Day 31, foals treated with inactivated parapoxvirus ovis had significantly greater phagocytosis and oxidative burst than foals treated with inactivated Propionibacterium acnes (EqStim).
Unlike the greys, red squirrels can die from a virus carried by both species of squirrel, and the squirrel parapoxvirus is believed to have killed up to 80 percent of the red squirrel population in certain parts of the country in 2008.
The researchers concluded: "Neutrophils from foals treated with inactivated parapoxvirus ovis (Zylexis) had significantly greater ability to phagocytize (engulf) R. equi and undergo oxidative burst on Days 19 and 31 compared to baseline values.