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Strains of the three main types of virus were directly adapted to rabbits less than 9 days old. Intraperitoneal inoculation was employed: it caused paralysis followed by death about 48 hours after inoculation. After 50 passages there was no loss of virulence of the virus for cattle and g. pigs. R.M.

Verge, J.; Paraf, A.; Dhennin, Louis.; Phennin, Leone; Asso, J.
Compte Rendu de l'Academie des Sciences, 1957, 244, pp 3098-3100

All three types (A, O and C) of foot and mouth disease virus were adapted to new-born rabbits in which they caused paralysis and death about 48 hours after i/p injection. The virus was fully virulent for cattle and g.pigs after 50 passages. It progressively lost its virulence on alternate passage...

Verge, J.; Paraf, A.; Dhennin, Louis.; Dhennin, Leone.; Asso, J.
Bulletin de l'Academie Veterinaire de France, 1957, 30, pp 291-298