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    I am hearing daily reports of confirmed and suspected deaths from RHD2

    Please vaccinate your rabbits against this deadly virus. It's not enough to think that because they are indoors they are protected. The virus gets everywhere.

    The two vaccines are Filavac and Eravac.
    Ask your vet about them today before it's too late.

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    RWAF have issued this update...

    Filavac update - none of the affected vaccines were delivered to any wholesalers.

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    Cross posted info:

    Outbreaks of VHD 2
    Anton Vets (Andover, Hampshire) have posted on Facebook that there have been two outbreaks of VHD2 locally in the last two weeks.

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    According to Frances Harcourt Brown (retired rabbit specialist vet), there is an RHD2 epidemic, and the only way to protect your rabbits is by vaccination. I know most people here know this, but if it catches the attention of one person who wasn't aware, then I will be happy

    These are her words which accompany a photo (it's on Facebook and I have no access to it, but it's pretty gruesome)


    RHD is horrible. I found this little wild rabbit outside our field shelter. It wasn't there an hour before. Already the flies are getting stuck in and ready to spread the disease. This has coincided with a rapid increase in submissions to our Sudden and Unexpected Death Investigation and they are nearly all RHD. Some of the rabbits died within an hour of eating and behaving normally. The lab results vary. All show extensive liver damage but some have severe changes to the kidneys and lungs as well as well as haemorrhages in other organs. Please, please get rabbits vaccinated against RHDV2. Nobivac Myxo-RHD is not protective. Filavac and Eravac are available in UK.

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    Just to update ...

    Frances Harcourt Brown's Sudden or Unexpected Death Investigation is about to finish.

    UPDATE AUGUST 2018

    In the next few months, the Sudden or Unexpected Death Investigation will finish. We have been inundated with cases of RHD, and funds are running low The free PCR tests for RHDV2 are coming to an end. We would like to conserve our remaining funds to investigate deaths in rabbits that are vaccinated against RHDV2 or individual rabbits that die unexpectedly


    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/vet...nvestigation-1

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    In response to various queries regarding when a rabbit can be vaccinated against RHD2 and with what ..


    Eravac can be used from 30 days old, and the period of immunity is 9 months.
    It does not need repeating during this time.



    Filavac can be given from 10 weeks old and the period of immunity is 1 year:

    If done before 10 weeks, a rabbit will need vaccinating *again* after 10 weeks.

    This is because their immune systems are immature and they do not mount a good enough response to the vaccine. However, they will be fully protected for RHD2 but not RHD1.

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    I've just been informed of a couple of little bunnies (young) who have died of *suspected* RHD2.

    It's so important to get this vaccination done.
    The other reason is, that once your rabbit accommodation is infected, and of course your house and garden (as you don't know where the virus would be spreading), the advice is not to get any more rabbits for at least four months.

    That's a long time to wait to fill your heart with happiness again .....

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    Just had this land in my Inbox!

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...sease-14389440


    I know some folk on here go to Honor Etherington. The article concerns RHD2 -

    Cases have been confirmed in Newcastle, Gateshead, Stanley, Chester-le-Steet, Cramlington and Darlington, according to Hadrian Vets.
    RHVD-2 is less easily recognised because there are few outward signs. Rabbits can simply be found dead or none specifically ill. Because of this, owners often do not realise their rabbit has an infectious disease, resulting in late treatment and spread of infection to other rabbits.



    They were offering the vaccination at a reduced fee to encourage owners to have their rabbits vaccinated and thereby stop the spread of the disease. I don't know whether that's still the case?

    What do you think? Should RHD2 vaccinations be offered at a reduced fee for a while to get the message over to rabbit owners of the seriousness of the situation?

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    I have just been emailed by RWAF with this report:

    Bedford:

    "I've had a group of rabbits die in june (owner lost 4 rabbits), and one sent for pm confirmed as rhd. a second group this month, still awaiting pm on one, but second cofirmed rhd, 5 deaths in total. several others where o didn't request pm. All in Bedford."

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    In Ipswich:

    A vet reports the loss of rabbits from two households.

    The first was in April when an owner lost 8 rabbits over the course of 4-5 days. Each rabbit deteriorated over 24 hours- anorexia, weakness, seizures and some were euthanased before the neurological symptoms began. The client was reluctant to try treatment after the first rabbit died and decliend any post mortem. There was no external evidence of bleeding in any of the cases. Half of these rabbits had been vaccinated with Nobivac MYX and VHD vaccine within the previous 10 months, but none had had an RHD2 vaccine.

    The second client has lost 2 rabbits in the last 2 days. The symptoms have been similar. The first one died at home following a seizure. The second rabbit was brought to the surgery as she was weak, anorexic and tachypnoeic and we started supportive treatment of fluids, analgesia and antibiotics but she started to seizure after 2 hours so was euthanased. Again, a post mortem was declined and there was no evidence of bleeding. These 2 rabbits had not been vaccinated against RHD1 or 2.

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