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Kentucky Wildlife Officials Monitoring for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

​Following recent lab confirmation that two pet rabbits from the same location in Jefferson County died from a form of rabbit hemorrhagic disease, the public can help efforts to monitor for the highly contagious rabbit disease by reporting any encounters with sick or dead wild rabbits to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The Jefferson County case is Kentucky's first documented case of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) and is the same strain that has infected and killed rabbits in more than a dozen states since 2020.

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