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BVA offers advice on new strain of rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease

29th July 2016

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has offered a warning about the threat posed by the spread of a new strain of rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease (RVHD).

Advice for practices who may not be familiar with the recent developments with this disease is to be circulated by the BVA, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the British Veterinary Zoological Society.

The new disease variant is known as RVHD2 and is more variable in its rate of disease progression than RVHD1, with presentation ranging from sudden death to a longer disease course of three to nine days, increasing the risk of unwell rabbits being brought into practices and spreading the disease further.

Vaccines for the original strain of RVHD do not appear to offer long-term protection against RVHD2. Immunisation options the new strain are becoming available in the UK, but there have been supply issues that could delay access.

BVA president Sean Wensley said: "Although the risk of a rabbit contracting RVHD2 appears highest in situations where rabbits are kept in large groups with regular new additions … we encourage all owners to speak to their vet about vaccinating their rabbits against RVHD2."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801822848-ADNFCR

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