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In December 2021, RHDV2 was confirmed through lab testing of two pet rabbits from Jefferson County. This was the first case of RHDV2 detected in Kentucky.
What is Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2) and why should we be concerned?
Does it pose a risk to people or other animals?
Is it a concern for Kentucky's native rabbits?
How is it transmitted?
How can we help prevent it in Kentucky?
Movement of infected rabbits and contaminated materials poses the greatest risk of spreading RHDV2 to new areas. Therefore, the potential spread of this virus in Kentucky through the movement of animals for commercial and recreational activities is a serious concern.
The public can help reduce the risk and protect Kentucky's native species by refraining from any rabbit importation in the state and reporting any suspicious rabbit deaths to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
Before reporting any rabbit mortalities, please see the definition of suspicious rabbit mortality (below).
Defining Suspicious Rabbit Mortalities
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