Sudden death of hares

Sudden death of hares

The sudden death of Greenville feral rabbits has sparked a warning from animal health care authorities. The dead animals were tested in Colombia and diagnosed with rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHDV2), the Clemson University Veterinary Diagnostic Center said, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) confirmed the diagnosis. This is the first time that RHDV2 has been detected in South Carolina, according to the center. Officials say the rabbits remaining at the site have been quarantined, and animal health authorities have asked owners to contain them in cages to avoid further spread and prevent further contact with wild rabbits. “The RHDV2 mortality rate is 70% or higher. Our goal at this point is to do what we can to prevent the spread of the virus in wild rabbit populations and potentially further infection of domestic rabbits,” said Michael Newlet, a state veterinarian and director of poultry health at Clemson University (LPH). Of the virus include sudden death, loss of appetite, lethargy, conjunctivitis, respiratory signs and bloody noses or mouths.RHDV2 is a highly contagious virus that affects domestic rabbits, or wild or wild rabbits and hares.The virus is transmitted by infected rabbits and is transmitted through direct contact bedding, water, forage, hay and other items used in rabbit care and feeding.It can also be spread by insects and human contact.While RHDV2 does not affect human health, Nyult says, it has a high mortality rate among wild and wild rabbits and has become endemic to the western United States There is no live test for RHDV2 The introduction of RHDV2 into wild rabbits in South Carolina poses a serious threat to wild populations and has contributed to significant mortality in the western United States. “It is important that we do what we can to prevent contact between infected hares and hares,” said Will Dillman, assistant chief of the wildlife division for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The USDA recommends the following biosecurity practices: Rabbits or hares To contact your rabbit or to enter the facility or home. Do not allow visitors in rabbits or allow them to handle pet rabbits without protective clothing (including coats, shoe covers, hair covers, and gloves). Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before entering the rabbit area, after removing protective clothing and before leaving the rabbit area. Do not offer fresh rabbits from unknown or unreliable sources. Do not add rabbits to your rabbit from animal shelters or any other types of rescues. If you bring rabbits from outside into your facility or home, keep them separate from your existing rabbits for at least 30 days. Use separate equipment for newly acquired or sick rabbits to avoid spreading disease. Sterilize all equipment and cages transported inside or outside the premises before returning them to the rabbit’s residence. Disinfection with 10% bleach or 10% sodium hydroxide mixed with water is recommended (follow cleaning label instructions). Establish a working relationship with a veterinarian to review disease prevention and containment (biosecurity) practices to reduce risks to healthy rabbits. If your rabbit becomes ill or dies and you suspect RHDV2, please contact your vet.

The sudden death of Greenville feral rabbits has sparked a warning from animal health care authorities.

The Clemson University Veterinary Diagnostic Center said the dead animals were tested in Colombia and diagnosed with rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHDV2) virus.

The diagnosis was confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).

This is the first time that RHDV2 has been detected in South Carolina, according to the center.

Officials say the rabbits remaining at the site have been quarantined, and animal health authorities have asked owners to contain them in cages to avoid further spread and prevent further contact with wild rabbits.

The RHDV2 mortality rate is 70% or higher. Our goal at this point is to do what we can to prevent the virus from spreading in wild rabbit populations and possibly further infection in domestic rabbits, said Michael Newlet, a state veterinarian and director of poultry health at Clemson University (LPH).

Clinical signs of the virus include sudden death, loss of appetite, lethargy, conjunctivitis, respiratory signs, and bloody nose or mouths.

RHDV2 is a highly contagious virus that infects domestic or wild rabbits, hares, and hares. The virus is transmitted by infected rabbits and is transmitted through direct contact, bedding, water, feed, hay and other materials used in the care and feeding of rabbits. It can also be spread by insects and human contact.

Neault says that while RHDV2 does not affect human health, it has a high mortality rate in wild and wild rabbits and has become endemic to the western United States, and there is no live test for RHDV2.

The introduction of RHDV2 to wild rabbits in South Carolina poses a serious threat to wild populations and has contributed to significant mortality events in the western United States. It is important that we do what we can to prevent contact between infected hares and hares.

The USDA recommends the following biosecurity practices:

  • Do not allow pet rabbits or hares to come into contact with your rabbit or enter the facility or home.
  • Do not allow visitors in rabbits or allow them to handle pet rabbits without protective clothing (including coats, shoe covers, hair covers, and gloves).
  • Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before entering the rabbit area, after removing protective clothing and before leaving the rabbit area.
  • Do not offer fresh rabbits from unknown or unreliable sources. Do not add rabbits to your rabbit from animal shelters or any other types of rescues.
  • If you bring rabbits from outside into your facility or home, keep them separate from your existing rabbits for at least 30 days. Use separate equipment for newly acquired or sick rabbits to avoid spreading disease.
  • Sterilize all equipment and cages transported inside or outside the premises before returning them to the rabbit’s residence. Disinfection with 10% bleach or 10% sodium hydroxide mixed with water is recommended (follow cleaning label instructions).
  • Establish a working relationship with a veterinarian to review disease prevention and containment (biosecurity) practices to reduce risks to healthy rabbits.

If your rabbit becomes ill or dies and you suspect RHDV2, please contact your vet.

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