Deadly Rabbit Virus Confirmed In New York


An instance of a lethal hare illness has been affirmed in New York State. On December 15, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed the presence of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2, or RHDV2, in a homegrown hare in Montgomery County.

As indicated by the Department, RHDV2 was first found in the United States in 2018, however it is an exceptionally infectious and deadly sickness that influences homegrown and wild bunnies. This infection doesn’t influence people or different creatures.

This is the second event of RHDV2 in New York. The principal bunch of cases was in New York City in March 2020. The infection was immediately distinguished, secluded and annihilated.


Manifestations of RHDV2 in hares might incorporate fever, laziness, discharge, seizures and unexpected demise. Indications of the infection commonly seem one to three days subsequent to being contaminated. RHDV2 can likewise make due in a climate for a really long time or longer and can be spread through feed, bedding hardware and other defiled materials.

The Department expressed that albeit this case is a secluded occurrence and restricted to one family, bunny proprietors are urged to guarantee appropriate wellbeing and clean measures to forestall the infection.

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This incorporates:

  • Not permitting pet or wild hares to have contact with your hares.
  • Not permitting guests in rabbitries, or not allowing them to deal with pet hares without defensive attire.
  • Continually washing hands with warm sudsy water prior to entering a hare region, in the wake of taking off defensive attire and prior to leaving a bunny region.
  • To no present new hares from obscure or untrusted sources.
  • Disinfect all equipment and enclosures continued on or off premises before they are returned to a rabbitry.
  • Set up a functioning relationship with a veterinarian.

Bunny proprietors can likewise talk with their veterinarians about the expected utilization of another antibody for RHDV2, which was as of late conceded crisis use approval by the USDA.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets expressed that an examination is continuous to decide the wellspring of RHDV2 in Montgomery County.

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