June 14, 2024



Deadly, Highly-Contagious Rabbit Disease Detected In Minnesota

CBS4 Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A deadly and highly-contagious rabbit disease was detected this month for the first time in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says that two rabbits died suddenly in Ramsey County earlier this month. Samples from their bodies sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed they had Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2).

According to officials, RHDV2 is a highly-contagious virus affecting both domestic and wild rabbits. The pathogen poses no threat to humans, nor are other species known to be susceptible.

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