Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD)

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.

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