WHAT IS IT

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) is a highly contagious virus infecting wild and domestic rabbits and hares.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

The rabbit hemorrhagic disease kills up to 80% of infected animals and is rapidly spreading throughout parts of North America.

WHY THE LOSS OF RABBITS IS IMPORTANT

The loss of wild rabbits will negatively impact food webs, ecosystem health, and hunting opportunities.

The loss of domestic rabbits will strongly impact pet owners.

The losses to the wide-spread domestic rabbit trade could cause substantial damage to the U.S. economy.

WHERE IS RHDV2

RECENT NEWS

  • RHDV2 Confirmed in South Carolina

    Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type-2 (RHDV2) has been detected for the first time in South Carolina after animal health authorities were alerted to a sudden die-off of feral rabbits at a homestead in Greenville County. Read more…


  • Connecticut becomes 27th State with RHDV2

    The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has confirmed Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV2) at a private residence in Hartford County. Press release HERE. On September 6, 2022, a report of sudden death in 13 Read more…


  • Iowa becomes 26th State to confirm RHDV2

    The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced the first confirmed case of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV2) within the state of Iowa on August 29th, 2022. The confirmed case is in Read more…