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  • Or more specifically it has the squirrelpox virus which may once have been lethal to them but to which it is now plainly immune.

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  • American minks prey on water voles while grey squirrels, which were introduced to the UK in the 19th century carry the deadly squirrelpox virus and outcompete the native red squirrel when it comes to hunting for food and habitats.

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  • More information: Epidemiology of squirrelpox virus in grey squirrels in the UK, - latest science and technology news stories

  • And the grey squirrel, which was brought to this country from the US in the 19th century, out-competes its smaller red cousin for food and habitat and carries the squirrelpox virus which is fatal to our native species.

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  • The recent major outbreak of squirrelpox presents a unique window of opportunity for research and the tragic loss of red squirrels at Formby could ultimately provide insights which help red squirrel conservation in the future. ""

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  • A number of red squirrels are immune to squirrelpox viral disease, which many believed would lead to the extinction of the species, scientists have discovered.


  • The research also confirmed that changes in the distribution of the squirrelpox disease in red squirrels over time mirrored the changes in the geographical range of the grey squirrel, supporting the theory that the grey squirrel was the reservoir host of the virus, passing it to the red squirrel but remaining immune to the virus itself.


  • Scientists led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have identified eight cases in which free-living red squirrels have survived infection with the squirrelpox virus by mounting an immune response.


  • Study says free-living red squirrels are mounting an immune response to the squirrelpox viral disease.


  • Their rapid decline has been attributed primarily to the susceptibility of red squirrels to the squirrelpox virus, which the grey squirrel harbours but is immune to and which gives the greys a competitive edge over the reds.



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