Testing by health officials have confirmed a deadly rabbit disease in BC.
It has been confirmed that two feral rabbits in Saanich died from from a highly infectious virus. The virus is called rabbit hemorrhagic disease, caused by a calicivirus.
This same virus was confirmed last year, but the source remains unknown.
The disease is “an extremely infectious and lethal disease that is exclusive to rabbits”.
Symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- High fever
- Sudden death
Once a rabbit is infected, symptoms are noticeable in 1-9 days.
Vaccines are available to pet owners and can be accessed at veterinary clinics around the province.
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