RHDV2 Confirmed in Endangered Riparian Brush Rabbit – May 20, 2022

Published by Michel T Kohl on

Gerald and Buff Corsi © 
California Academy of Sciences

May 20, 2022 – The first case of RHDV2 was been confirmed in the Riparian Brush Rabbit (a subspecies of the western brush rabbit), an endangered rabbit found only in small patches of remaining riparian forest habitat in the northern portion of the San Joaquin Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta of California. Wildlife veterinarians at California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) were notified that the rabbit, found deceased in the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge, tested positive for the disease. The press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is here.

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