There has been a confirmed RHDv2 infected rabbit identified on Whidbey Island, WA November 8, 2019
As previously reported, there has been a confirmed RHDv2 infected
rabbit identified on Whidbey Island, WA November 8, 2019
This is a serious concern as officials and breeders work to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. A 120 day quarantine has been imposed on Whidbey Island restricting the movement of rabbits and rabbit products on Whidbey Island. The ARBA has received updates from Washington State Department of Agriculture officials and remains in direct contact with USDA officials regarding the current status of the infection.
The USDA has confirmed that a limited number of permits for emergency use of a RHD vaccine have been issued to accredited veterinarians in the infected areas of WA
The RHD vaccine is not licensed for use in the US therefore these permits are only being issued within infected areas of WA. For more information regarding vaccine availability please contact your local veterinarian or the Washington State Department of Agricuture. https://agr.wa.gov/
Rabbit breeders and owners are encouraged to utilize strict biosecurity measures to aid in prevention of disease transmission. Click here to view the Rule Making Order regarding specifics of the 120 day quarantine of Whidbey Island.issued by the Washington State Department of Agriculture as well as the below article on RHD that includes biosecurity measures one can take to prevent introduction of this virus. It is important to note that the presence of feral domestic rabbits is of significant concern as these colonies are perpetuating the virus’ spread. The virus is also carried by other species (non-infected) as well as inanimate objects such as clothing, shoes, tires, etc. The ARBA is continuing efforts to align with government agencies in an effort to stop the spread of this disease. The ARBA will provide updates as they become available. In the meantime please exercise good judgment with regard to travel within infected areas, premise biosecurity measures, avoid coming into contact with feral domestic rabbits, and always discourage anyone from releasing domestic rabbits into the wild.