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    Just to say that Frances Harcourt Brown has updated her webpage for anyone who's looking for info on RHD2

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...rhagic-disease
    Please vaccinate your rabbits for RHD2 as well ..
    Two more house rabbit deaths just confirmed


    Reliable, up to date advice on RHD2: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...40#post7012340

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    Fewer rabbit deaths are being reported. Frances Harcourt Brown said the following regards whether the recent cold weather has affected transference of the virus:

    My impression is that it is. The cases of RHD in the Sudden and Unexpected Death investigation have dropped dramatically since December and I am not getting many responses to the survey of owners of rabbits that have died from RHD. Vaccination may also be playing a big part.


    Of course, Vaccination is always important!


    There is also a conference being held in London next year for Avian Herpetological and Exotic Mammal medicine and apparently there will be a large part of it devoted to rabbits, if you would like to point your vet in that direction


    http://www.icare2019.eu/Home
    Please vaccinate your rabbits for RHD2 as well ..
    Two more house rabbit deaths just confirmed


    Reliable, up to date advice on RHD2: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...40#post7012340

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Fewer rabbit deaths are being reported. Frances Harcourt Brown said the following regards whether the recent cold weather has affected transference of the virus:

    My impression is that it is. The cases of RHD in the Sudden and Unexpected Death investigation have dropped dramatically since December and I am not getting many responses to the survey of owners of rabbits that have died from RHD. Vaccination may also be playing a big part.


    Of course, Vaccination is always important!


    There is also a conference being held in London next year for Avian Herpetological and Exotic Mammal medicine and apparently there will be a large part of it devoted to rabbits, if you would like to point your vet in that direction


    http://www.icare2019.eu/Home
    This is very interesting. I can only look at what's happening to wild rabbits, but that may help with the transmission. There are no signs of the local warrens recovering to any visable extent yet, neither am I seeing or hearing any fox activity. The night is so silent without their "chatter". (Maybe my skills at calling wildies out of their burrows need brushing up! )
    However I've found 1 local warren, with no decline in population at all, & still surrounded by a high fox population. It is difficult for me to access, because it is surrounded by bog on 3 sides.

    Trying to keep an open mind to ALL possibilities & not in the slightest disagreeing with the cold weather as a factor. Maybe it could also be to do with the frequent rain we've had for the last months & a wet summer - possibly washing virus below the surface????

    ETA. I need to take my neighbour's dogs for a walk. They don't go for the rabbits, but they sure go for fresh rabbit pooh. They could show me if a small number of wildies have relocated where I don't expect them
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    Quote Originally Posted by thumps_ View Post
    This is very interesting. I can only look at what's happening to wild rabbits, but that may help with the transmission. There are no signs of the local warrens recovering to any visable extent yet, neither am I seeing or hearing any fox activity. The night is so silent without their "chatter". (Maybe my skills at calling wildies out of their burrows need brushing up! )
    However I've found 1 local warren, with no decline in population at all, & still surrounded by a high fox population. It is difficult for me to access, because it is surrounded by bog on 3 sides.

    Trying to keep an open mind to ALL possibilities & not in the slightest disagreeing with the cold weather as a factor. Maybe it could also be to do with the frequent rain we've had for the last months & a wet summer - possibly washing virus below the surface????

    ETA. I need to take my neighbour's dogs for a walk. They don't go for the rabbits, but they sure go for fresh rabbit pooh. They could show me if a small number of wildies have relocated where I don't expect them

    I think your idea about the rain could well also be a factor, as it's been pretty insistent. So I wonder whether the one local warren that's still intact is also saved by the weather? Quite possibly. Being surrounded by bog on 3 sides would make it prone to insects I would've thought, but not at this time of year so much?

    Very interesting thumps and thanks so much for posting
    Please vaccinate your rabbits for RHD2 as well ..
    Two more house rabbit deaths just confirmed


    Reliable, up to date advice on RHD2: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...40#post7012340

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    I have just been told that a Rescue Centre near Nottingham has had seven of their rabbits die and the post mortem samples have been sent to two labs.

    At this time, it's just a *suspected* outbreak of RHD2, but a reminder that none of us can be complacent with regards to this terrible virus.

    The rescue is quarantining their remaining rabbits and also giving them an additional RHD2 vaccine.

    This is the Rescue Centre:

    http://brinsleyanimalrescue.org
    Please vaccinate your rabbits for RHD2 as well ..
    Two more house rabbit deaths just confirmed


    Reliable, up to date advice on RHD2: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...40#post7012340

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    I have just been told that a Rescue Centre near Nottingham has had seven of their rabbits die and the post mortem samples have been sent to two labs.

    At this time, it's just a *suspected* outbreak of RHD2, but a reminder that none of us can be complacent with regards to this terrible virus.

    The rescue is quarantining their remaining rabbits and also giving them an additional RHD2 vaccine.

    This is the Rescue Centre:

    http://brinsleyanimalrescue.org
    What does " an additional RHD2 vaccine mean? " Additional to what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    What does " an additional RHD2 vaccine mean? " Additional to what?

    It means they will have already had the vaccination for RHD2 at the appropriate time (ie one year) but for extra added immunity will have been vaccinated again with the same VHD2 vaccine. I have known people to do that in high risk areas.

    Does that make sense?
    Please vaccinate your rabbits for RHD2 as well ..
    Two more house rabbit deaths just confirmed


    Reliable, up to date advice on RHD2: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...40#post7012340

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    The post on their Facebook page read to me like they’d vacinated against myxomatosis & RHD1 but not RHD2 which is why they are at the moment suspecting RHD2 is to blame it’s so sad to think about how diseases like this take over so quickly with little or no warning signs.

    I’m from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire so this outbreak it pretty close to me. All 4 of my rabbits are fully vaccinated but I just feel extreamly sad for the rabbits owned by people that don’t think that getting their rabbits vaccinations is important, and are just left without any chance of fighting off such avoidable devastating diseases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steph2790 View Post
    The post on their Facebook page read to me like theyíd vacinated against myxomatosis & RHD1 but not RHD2 which is why they are at the moment suspecting RHD2 is to blame itís so sad to think about how diseases like this take over so quickly with little or no warning signs.

    Iím from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire so this outbreak it pretty close to me. All 4 of my rabbits are fully vaccinated but I just feel extreamly sad for the rabbits owned by people that donít think that getting their rabbits vaccinations is important, and are just left without any chance of fighting off such avoidable devastating diseases.

    Ah thank you Steph.

    I was going on the info I had been given ...

    Our remaining rabbits are now having an additional VHD2 vaccine and our quarantine measures will remain until further notice.


    I do know that as they are a fairly countryfied location they would have wild rabbits around. Potential vectors of the disease
    Please vaccinate your rabbits for RHD2 as well ..
    Two more house rabbit deaths just confirmed


    Reliable, up to date advice on RHD2: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...40#post7012340

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steph2790 View Post
    The post on their Facebook page read to me like they’d vacinated against myxomatosis & RHD1 but not RHD2 which is why they are at the moment suspecting RHD2 is to blame it’s so sad to think about how diseases like this take over so quickly with little or no warning signs.

    I’m from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire so this outbreak it pretty close to me. All 4 of my rabbits are fully vaccinated but I just feel extreamly sad for the rabbits owned by people that don’t think that getting their rabbits vaccinations is important, and are just left without any chance of fighting off such avoidable devastating diseases.
    That's how I read Saturday's release from Brinsley. They'd never vaccinated against RHD2 as they'd been told they were in a low risk area. Which is why I had no clue what " an additional" meant.

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