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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV)

RHDV has become endemic in all of the western United States except Washington.

As of March 2023;
Alameda, Marin, Solano, Sacramento, Santa Clara, & Yolo counties have reported cases. These cases were found in feral domestic rabbits & wild jackrabbits.

We've all started getting used to precautions for our COVID-19 virus. This virus is much more durable and deadlier for domestic rabbits and some species of wild rabbits than almost any disease you are familiar with. It's transmitted by contact and can survive for 105 days on surfaces in hot and cold climates. There's no cure and the death rate is very high.

More Information: Here's the link to House Rabbit Society's RHDV page. There's a section on how to protect your rabbits.

Vaccines: There are vaccines, but they have to be imported to the US by a USDA registered vet. Dr. Brick at Madison Avenue Veterinary Clinic in Fair Oaks is working to import the vaccine and is taking orders from new and current clients. The process of producing some of the vaccines is ethically difficult because it costs lab rabbits their lives. If interested contact the clinic by May 19, 2020. What to do: If you did not receive and respond to an email from Sacramento House Rabbit Society, contact Madison Avenue Veterinary Clinic directly at (916) 961-1541 by Tuesday, May 19 to get more information about the vaccine or be added to a list to order the vaccine for your rabbit(s). *Please leave a voicemail if no one answers during business hours.

Due to the RHDV-2 outbreak in California and in neighboring states, we will only handle rabbits that have been vaccinated and can show proof of vaccinations for either nail trims or bonding. For the safety of our fosters and visiting rabbits, people will need to send in proof of vaccination in advance. You only need to pre-register once while the vaccination certificate is valid. Unfortunately, we will need to turn away people who bring rabbits without proof of vaccination. Please email your vaccination certificate in advance to nailtrim@allearssac.org

To pre-register, send an email to nailtrim@allearssac.org. Your email needs to include:

  1. Your name
  2. Your rabbit’s name
  3. A legible image of your rabbit’s vaccination certificate
  4. A picture of your rabbit

Read the How to Protect Your Rabbits section of House Rabbit Society's RHDV page.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Announcement.
Infected rabbits in the Bay Area.

Nevada Department of Agriculture:
2 pet rabbits found infected in Las Vegas.

Current US RVHD status map

Last updated June 30, 2023