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Attempted Control of Ectromelia in a Mouse-breeding Colony


A REVIEW of intercurrent ectromelia infection in mouse colonies in Great Britain has been made by Tuffery1. During April 1955 a virulent form of the disease became manifest among all three main strains, R III, A and CBA, bred in this laboratory. The establishment and growth of transplantable tumours in vivo and in vitro concurrently deteriorated, and a connexion with the outbreak of the disease was suspected. In consequence, a programme of vaccination with calf lymph was instituted, as suggested by Lane-Petter2. This communication records the results of this procedure carried out over a period of two years.

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  1. Tuffery, A. A., Vet. Rec., 68, 478 (1956).

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  2. Lane-Petter, W., Supp. Memor. to Lab. Anirn. Bur. News Letter No. 6 (1953).

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PEARSON, A. Attempted Control of Ectromelia in a Mouse-breeding Colony. Nature 180, 1300–1301 (1957).

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