Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) is a fatal, viral disease that affects both domestic and wild rabbits, including hares, jackrabbits and cottontails. It does not affect human health or affect other animal species.
The RHDV2 strain is a rare disease in the U.S. and was first identified on several islands in Washington State in July 2019. Since that time, it has been confirmed in both wild and domestic rabbits in New Mexico and Arizona.
The highly contagious foreign animal disease spreads between rabbits through contact with infected rabbits or carcasses, their meat or their fur, contaminated food or water, or materials coming in contact with them. RHDV2 can persist in the environment for a very long time. These factors make disease control efforts extremely challenging once it is in the wild rabbit populations.
Note: There have been no new confirmations of RHDV2 in domestic rabbits since June 24,2020.
- USDA: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Factsheet
- CFSPH: RHD Factsheet
- TX RHD Frequently Asked Questions
- TPWD: Wild Rabbit Information Health Tips
- Rabbit Biosecurity Guide
- USDA Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of RHDV2 Contaminated Premises Maps
- Interactive Map: RHD Affected Counties