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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV) Updates

Information About Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV)

Updated March 29, 2021

What is RHDV?

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a highly contagious disease that affects domestic (pet) rabbits as well as cottontails, snowshoe hares and jackrabbits.


The disease was confirmed in domestic and wild rabbits beginning in March 2020 in New Mexico. Since then, the RHDV outbreak had spread to eleven states in the western US. In December 2020, a case was confirmed in Florida.

To see affected states and counties, visit the USDA interactive map.

For a comprehensive overview of RHDV, including updates on vaccinations and other ways to protect your rabbit, visit the House Rabbit Society website. https://rabbit.org/rhdv/

Is Small Pet Select hay grown in the states where the RHDV outbreak occurred?

No. There have been no reported cases of RHDV2 in the areas where our hay is grown.

What steps are you taking to keep your hay as safe as possible?

According to the USDA reports we are following, the virus is estimated to live approximately 90 days in the environment only if conditions are ideal.

The hay we are currently selling has completed our quality control processes, which includes storing this hay securely at our warehouses for at least 90 days.

What other steps are you taking?

We continue to work closely with rabbit health experts to get the latest updates on the current outbreak of RHDV. We will continue to share information with you. 

For detailed information from the USDA, visit: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/sa-epidemiology-animalhealth-ceah/ri

 

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