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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease confirmed in Palo Alto

The CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has just confirmed rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus serotype 2 (RHDV2) in Santa Clara County. Jackrabbit carcasses collected in Byxbee Park in Palo Alto tested positive for RHDV2. This disease is now considered endemic in most western states of the USA.

This disease only affect rabbits and hares -- both wild and domestic.
It is roughly 70% to 80% fatal for all infected lagomorphs. 
This virus lasts for up to 105 days on surfaces, such as shoes and clothing.

Rabbit owners should consider vaccinating their pets and taking biosecurity precautions.


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