What is Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV)?
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a highly contagious and potentially deadly viral infection affecting rabbits and hares.
RHDV1 was first identified in the 1980’s in China and is now endemic in many countries among wild rabbits and hares.
The new strain of concern, RHDV2, was first identified in 2010 in France. This new strain differs from the original strain in that it is deadlier than RHDV1 and it affects both wild and domestic rabbits.
In 2018, RHDV2 was first confirmed in North America in British Columbia. On June 10, 2022, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported that there were two confirmed cases of RHDV2 in Lambton County near Sarnia, Ontario. The CFIA confirmed on July 5, 2022 that there was one case of RHDV2 in Essex County near Windsor, Ontario. The CFIA says there were three other rabbits in the home who were placed under quarantine and who did not appear to be infected.
For more detailed information about RHDV2, please read the article titled Rabbit Hemorraghic Disease Virus (RHDV) in the Illustrated Articles section on our website. Further details are also available through the following web sites:
How Our Clinic Is Responding
We are pleased to announce that the RHDV vaccine is now available at our clinic! Please call our clinic at 416-223-1165 or e-mail us at [email protected] to book an appointment for your rabbit(s).