Kentucky Wildlife Officers on lookout for lethal rabbit illness

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Wildlife officers stated the illness spreads by way of direct contact with the contaminated rabbit or coming into contact with something the contaminated rabbit has touched.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two pet rabbits in Jefferson County have died from a contagious illness in keeping with Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife Assets.

They died from a type of rabbit hemorrhagic illness referred to as the RHDV2 pressure. Wildlife officers stated whereas this is not identified to have an effect on folks or different animals, this can be very lethal to rabbits, killing as much as 80% of the contaminated.

Dr. Christine Casey, wildlife veterinarian for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, stated this pressure hasn’t been seen in wild rabbits but.

“Presently, we have now not obtained experiences of any uncommon die-offs, however we’re asking for the general public’s help by reporting any uncommon wild rabbit deaths in Jefferson County to enhance early detection and restrict the unfold of the illness,” stated Casey.

Officers stated the illness spreads by way of direct contact with the contaminated rabbit or coming into contact with something the contaminated rabbit has touched together with crops and bedding.

If the animal survives it may possibly proceed to contaminate different rabbits and shed the virus for a number of days.

“For those who see a wild rabbit that seems sick, has blood round its nostril or mouth or doesn’t present any apparent indicators of loss of life, pay attention to the placement and don’t contact the animal,” Casey stated. “As a substitute, tell us about it as quickly as doable.”

Contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549 or Information.Middle@ky.gov to report a sick or useless wild rabbit. Rabbit homeowners are requested to contact their native vet to report sick or useless rabbits.

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