Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) is a highly-contagious, fatal viral disease in rabbits. It is caused by rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV), which has multiple virus strains.
Only laboratory tests can confirm a diagnosis of RHD. However, RHD should be suspected if a rabbitry experiences illness in most/all rabbits, high fevers, poor appetites, depression, inactivity, bloody discharges, seizures, and/or sudden death. Call your veterinarian right away if you have any concerns about your rabbit’s health.
Important! RHD is a Reportable Animal Disease in Georgia. If your animals are exhibiting symptoms of or have been diagnosed with RHDV, report the details to GDA immediately.
Resources and Information
- Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Update - 01/24/2022
- RHDV2 Vaccine Information for Owners - 01/28/2022
Guidance from GDA
- RHDV Frequently Asked Questions Guidance
- RHDV Biosecurity Guidance Document
- RHDV Shows and Exhibitions Guidance
- Frequently Asked Questions Involving Wild Rabbits and Hares