Hawaiʻi’s first case of rabbit illness discovered on Maui farm; quarantine ordered


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The U.S. Division of Agriculture and the Hawai`i Division of Agriculture confirmed rabbit hemorrhagic illness virus, kind 2 (RHDV2) in a 4- to 5-year-old neutered male rabbit on a farm in Kula.

That is the primary confirmed detection of the illness in Hawai`i, in keeping with a information launch. Though deadly to rabbits, RHDV2 can’t be transmitted from animals to people and doesn’t influence human well being.

HDOA’s Animal Trade Division acquired discover June 14 that 9 out of 12 rabbits had died on the Maui farm. A maintain order was instantly issued to stop motion of rabbits and related cages and supplies on and off the farm.

HDOA acquired affirmation June 17 of RHDV2 an infection within the one rabbit examined from the Nationwide Veterinary Companies Laboratory and a proper quarantine order on the premises was issued by HDOA State Veterinarian Dr. Isaac Maeda.

The period of the quarantine is predicted to be 120 days after premise cleansing and disinfection are accomplished. The outbreak seems to contain a single premise and isn’t anticipated to unfold. 


RHDV2 is a extremely contagious viral illness and is categorized as a overseas animal illness and requires detections be reported to the USDA and the World Group for Animal Well being.


The illness was first detected within the U.S. in 2018 and has since been detected in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Utah Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, New York, Kentucky, Mississippi, Minnesota, South Dakota, Georgia and Florida. 

The virus is extraordinarily hardy within the atmosphere and could be unfold via direct contact between affected rabbits and not directly by contaminated inanimate objects. Though RHDV2 doesn’t infect species aside from rabbits and hares, people, dogs, rodents and bugs might unfold the virus through exterior contamination.

Not like different rabbit hemorrhagic illness viruses, RHDV2 impacts each home and wild rabbits.


Many occasions, the one indicators of the illness are sudden loss of life and blood-stained noses brought on by inside bleeding. Contaminated rabbits might also develop a fever, be hesitant to eat, or present respiratory or nervous indicators.

The reason for this outbreak stays beneath investigation. No rabbits imported into the state have been related to this outbreak.

Since 2020, HDOA has elevated surveillance in all rabbits imported into Hawai`i from contaminated states and required enhanced import necessities. Rabbits coming into the state are required to be issued a Certificates of Veterinary Inspection inside 72 hours of arrival, are inspected by HDOA livestock inspectors upon arrival and are positioned on a post-entry quarantine for 30 days.

The State Veterinarian has authorised the distribution and sale of the RHDV2 vaccine in Hawai`i. Personal veterinarians in Hawai`i’ve additionally been suggested of the outbreak. Rabbit house owners ought to focus on the necessity for vaccination of their rabbits for RHDV2 with their personal veterinarians.

Shield your rabbits by practising good biosecurity by taking each day steps to maintain virus away out of your animals. USDA really helpful biosecurity practices embrace:

• Don’t permit different rabbits to contact your rabbits or achieve entry to the farm or residence.

• Don’t permit guests in rabbitries or allow them to deal with pet rabbits with out protecting clothes (together with coveralls, shoe covers, hair protecting, and gloves).

• At all times wash palms with heat soapy water earlier than coming into your rabbit space, after eradicating protecting clothes and earlier than leaving the rabbit space. 

• Don’t introduce new rabbits from unknown or untrusted sources.

• Don’t add rabbits to your rabbitry from animal shelters or different sorts of rescue operations.

• In case you carry outdoors rabbits into your facility or residence, hold them separated out of your present rabbits for no less than 30 days. Use separate gear for newly acquired or sick rabbits to keep away from spreading illness.

• Sanitize all gear and cages moved on or off premises earlier than they’re returned to the rabbitry. We advocate disinfecting with 10% bleach or 10% sodium hydroxide blended with water.

• Set up a working relationship with a veterinarian to evaluation biosecurity practices for identification and closure of attainable gaps.

Hawai`i doesn’t have wild rabbit or hare populations. Ought to this illness infect wild or unfastened rabbits, containment and eradication could be very troublesome.

Sometimes, studies are acquired relating to home rabbits working unfastened on properties in Hawai`i. Hawai`i state regulation requires proprietor and breeders to comprise rabbits and hares above the bottom. Violations might lead to fines, imprisonment, or each.

Any house owners or veterinarians experiencing uncommon losses of rabbits ought to contact the HDOA’s Animal Trade Division at (808) 483-7100 or (808) 837-8092.

Extra info on RHDV2 could also be discovered on the USDA web site by clicking right here.


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