RHDV2 Dangerous Rabbit Virus

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus



Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus, or RHDV2, a highly contagious virus that affects both domestic and wild rabbits, has been spreading throughout the U.S. Many times, the only signs of the disease are sudden death and blood-stained noses caused by internal bleeding.

A vaccine is available! 

The majority of HRC members reside in MA and CT but we have members in many states so we will try to provide information to help everyone. So far, 45 state veterinarians and District of Columbia have already authorized emergency use (EUA) of the new RHDV2 vaccine, and Medgene anticipates approval in more states in the near future.

States that have still not accepted the EUA for Medgene’s vaccine include Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Alaska. 

To see if your state has approved use of the vaccine, see: https://medgenelabs.com/rhdv2/.

To learn more about RHDV2 and a typical vaccination clinic, read the HRS FAQ:
https://rabbit.org/faq-for-medgenes-rhdv2-vaccine/.

Another site:
https://www.pieperveterinary.com/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/Exotics/RHDV2_lecture_for_local_vets_10_27_2022.pdf

Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island residents:
See the database of vets currently offering RHDV2 vaccine in the U.S. at https://rabbitors.info/us-rabbit-resources/us-rhdv2- vaccination-resources/ but also check with your rabbit-savvy vet because the list is incomplete. Additional information is available from:
  Connecticut Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian Jane Lewis, (860) 713-2505 or ctstate.vet@ct.gov.
  New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Director of Public Information Jola Szubielski, (518) 457-0752 or Jola.Szubielski@agriculture.ny.gov
  Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture/Animal Health, State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, (401) 222-2781 or scott.marshall@dem.ri.gov.

Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont residents: contact your state veterinarian, since RHDV2 is now in Conn. and New York and will likely appear in your state. Ask them to approve the vaccine’s use in your state. Contact info:
  Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, (207) 287-3200 or Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, (207) 287-8000 or dacf@maine.gov.
  Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, State Veterinarian Lorraine O’Connor, (617) 626-1791 or L.OConnor@mass.gov.
  New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, Division of Animal Industry, State Veterinarian Stephen K. Crawford, (603) 271-2404 or stephen.k.crawford@agr.nh.gov.
 Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, State Veterinarian Kristin M. Haas, (802) 828-2426 or kristin.haas@vermont.gov.

Several HRC members have had their rabbits vaccinated with no side effects and are relieved to know that along with practicing biosecurity they’re doing all we know to protect their rabbits from this deadly virus.

Until (and after) you get your rabbit (s) vaccinated, practice biosecurity and decontamination as a precaution. 

For additional information about protecting your rabbit, see HRS’s resource center (https://rabbit.org/resources/rhdv/) for information about:
  Vaccination & RHDV2
  Multi-Pet Homes & RHDV2
  Home Safety & RHDV2
  Rabbit Food & RHDV2


Final note: the members of HRC’s Board of Directors are working through urgent issues regarding the impacts of RHDV2 on HRC’s intake, fostering, and adoption procedures, as well as costs.

As always, HRC is a resource for your questions. Contact a HopLine volunteer at info@hopline.org or (413) 439-7472.