Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-2) Detected in Southwest

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-2) is a highly contagious virus which causes fatal disease in wild and domestic rabbit species. A reportable foreign animal disease, RHDV-2 was first identified in North America in Feb 2018, and is currently being detected in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

It is highly recommended that you check with your state’s wildlife agency and State Animal Health Official’s webpages for information specific to your region. Facilities that notice an increase in mortality of rabbits on grounds, or conduct necropsies of wildlife found on grounds should know to whom mortalities should be reported, and what should be done with biomaterials.

For more information, see the link to the National Wildlife Health Services announcement accessible here.