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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2)

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

Since 2019, Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV2) has been emerging in the United States. RHDV2 is a highly contagious and fatal disease of domestic and wild rabbits of the genus Oryctolagus. As the virus continues to spread veterinarians and rabbit producer should be aware of the disease risk.

Biosecurity Recommendations:

Rabbit owners should practice the following biosecurity recommendations, whether they have commercial or pet rabbits:


Vaccines are only available in South Dakota through private practicing veterinarians who have applied for and been granted permission by the USDA to import and distribute them. Veterinarians interested in importing the RHDV2 vaccine should contact our office at 605-773-3321.

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