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RHDV2 Resources

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US Outbreak Status

(courtesy of rhdv2.org)


Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2) is a highly contagious and lethal calicivirus with devastating consequences for both wild and domesticated rabbits. We strongly recommend vaccinating all rabbits, including those in shelters, with the safe and effective RHDV2 vaccine. If you board your rabbits, choose facilities that require vaccination. Report any sudden, suspicious deaths to your vet as potential RHD cases.


(courtesy of rabbitors.info)

  • Peracute: animals will be found dead within a few hours of eating and behaving normally. This is most common. Many rabbits with the North American RHDV2 strain will not exhibit any external hemorrhaging (e.g. blood from nose).
  • Acute: affected animals will show lethargy and a heightened fever (>40°C) with an increased respiratory rate, usually passing away within 12h.
  • Subacute: rabbits will show mild or subclinical signs from which they recover and become immune to further RHDV.

Protecting Your Rabbit

  • Vaccinate

    Vaccinate annually, especially in RHDV2-prone areas.

  • Indoors

    Keep your house rabbits indoors, limit or eliminate outdoor playtime.

  • Avoid Playdates

    Avoid letting rabbits play/interact with rabbits from outside your home.

  • Wash Hands

    Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your rabbits.

  • Change clothes

    Change clothes and wash hands after contact with rabbits from outside your household.

  • Avoid foraged foods

    Don't feed locally foraged plants, hay grasses, or branches

  • No Shoes

    Remove shoes and disinfect after outdoor activities near wild rabbit habitats, using RHDV-effective disinfectant. Consider a blanket "no shoes" policy in your home.

  • Minimize insect exposure

    Minimize your rabbits' exposure to flying insects. Mosquitos and flies, in particular. Make sure your windows all have secure screens.

  • Quarantine

    Quarantine new bunnies being added to your household for at least 14 days.

  • Annual Booster

    The RHDV2 vaccine needs to be boosted annually to remain effective. Don't forget to get your rabbits boosted every year.

Printable RHD Info Flyers

RHD Basic Handout (RHVD2.org)

Further Reading

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