MINNEAPOLIS — The sudden deaths of 4 pet rabbits within the Twin Cities are believed to be linked to a highly-contagious virus.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Well being says that the affected rabbits had been in Hennepin County and that one of many carcasses examined optimistic final week for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Illness Virus 2 (RHDV2). The illness impacts each wild and home rabbits. Whereas it’s usually deadly for rabbits, it poses no danger to people.
The rabbits that died lived in a house with 4 different rabbits, which had obtained the primary of a two-dose RHDV2 vaccine collection. The surviving rabbits had been quarantined within the proprietor’s house on Thursday. Officers say the surviving rabbits will probably be monitored for signs, noting that the rabbits don’t journey out of the house for reveals or exhibitions.
Minnesota rabbit homeowners are inspired to get their rabbits vaccinated in opposition to the virus. If a pet reveals indicators of the sickness, comparable to being torpid, homeowners are urged to convey them to a veterinarian. Nonetheless, rabbits with RHDV2 usually die with out exhibiting any signs.
RHDV2 was initially detected in Canada in 2018, however it later unfold to the US in 2020. The illness discovered its option to the Higher Midwest in 2021, when the primary case in Minnesota was