NASHVILLE – The State Veterinarian confirmed that Rabbit Hemorrhagic Illness Virus Kind 2 (RHDV2) was detected in two domesticated rabbits in a single East Tennessee location. There aren’t any different rabbits on the premises.
“This detection is an remoted incident with no identified publicity to some other rabbits, home or wild,” State Veterinarian Dr. Samantha Beaty mentioned. “RHDV2 just isn’t transmissible to people, however it’s extremely infectious and deadly to home rabbits. We need to remind rabbit house owners that working towards good biosecurity is the very best protection.”
The virus can stay in feed and bedding for an prolonged time, even in excessive temperatures. Surfaces, tools, sneakers, garments, and fingers must be totally cleaned and disinfected when caring for rabbits.
Different measures to stop RHDV2 embody separating home rabbits from different pets, livestock, and wild animals. Newly acquired rabbits must be quarantined for no less than 30 days from different animals. Sudden deaths of home rabbits must be reported to the state veterinarian’s workplace at 615-837-5120. Don’t deal with lifeless wild rabbits. When you discover lifeless wild rabbits, contact your Tennessee Wildlife Assets Company regional workplace.
Animal Well being employees are researching the supply of the virus on this case. There aren’t any added motion restrictions or state veterinarian emergency orders at the moment. Homeowners are fascinated with getting their rabbits vaccinated for cover in opposition to RHDV2 ought to talk about with their veterinarian.