How can we help prevent it in Kentucky?
The potential introduction of this virus to Kentucky through the movement of animals for commercial and recreational activities is a serious concern.
Because of the risk of widespread rabbit mortality from RHDV2, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is pursuing emergency regulations to ban the importation of any rabbit species alive or dead (i.e., carcass) into Kentucky.
We are asking for your help to reduce the risk of introduction 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. A listing of private lands biologists is available on the department’s website. Type “private lands biologists” in the search box. The public should not attempt to pick up rabbit carcasses due to the potential for transmission of other zoonotic diseases (those posing health risks to humans), such as Tularemia.
Please see the definition of suspicious rabbit mortality (below) before reporting any mortalities to local biologists.
Defining Suspicious Rabbit Mortalities
Reports of multiple (more than one) dead rabbits
- Roadkill or traumatic injury-related deaths should not be included.
- Orphaned or baby rabbits should not be included.
Reports of rabbits dying acutely or within a short period of time
- Incubation is 1 to 3 days – death occurs quickly.
- Reports of rabbits with bloody discharge from nose or mouth