Rabbit hemorrhagic illness dying confirmed in N.J.

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A 1-year-old spayed feminine rabbit in Cape Could County examined constructive for rabbit hemorrhagic illness, a extremely contagious virus that infects home and wild rabbits, officers mentioned Friday.

The virus can’t be transmitted from animals to people, based on the New Jersey Division of Agriculture, which inspired veterinarians and rabbit house owners to be alert for the sickness.

The sudden dying of a rabbit was reported Could 8 and the animal was confirmed to be contaminated by the virus, the Division of Agriculture mentioned.

A second rabbit died Could 11 on the identical undisclosed property and was believed to even be contaminated. A 3rd rabbit was quarantined and has not proven indicators of the illness, based on officers. A Division of Agriculture spokesman mentioned the company’s coverage was to not launch the precise location of the infections.

“The outbreak’s supply has not but been recognized, and there’s no proof of an infection in different areas. The epidemiologic investigation is ongoing,” the state agriculture division mentioned in a press release.

“Medical indicators of rabbit hemorrhagic illness embrace sudden dying, fever, inappetence, respiratory indicators, nervous indicators, inner bleeding resulting in blood-stained noses, and anemia. Diffuse hepatic necrosis is a key pathologic characteristic of the illness which may be seen on the postmortem examination,” the division’s assertion mentioned.

Final November, state agriculture officers permitted the sale of a “conditionally permitted” vaccine for the virus made by Medgene Labs of Brookings, South Dakota, the division mentioned. The vaccine might be offered by a New Jersey licensed veterinarians in home rabbits.

Officers inspired pet house owners to ask their veterinarian in regards to the vaccine. Attainable infections ought to be reported to the Division of Animal Well being at 609-671-6400. The federal United States Division of Agriculture’s 24-hour reporting quantity might be reached at 866-536-7593.

Extra info is out there on the federal Division of Agriculture’s web site.

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Noah Cohen could also be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com.

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