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    Default New Variant RVHD- Known as 'RVHD2' U/D 30th May

    RU Admin have requested that I post this thread which will hopefully inform anyone reading it about the new variant RVHD (Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease)- known as 'RVHD2'.

    RVHD2 is now endemic within the UK and it poses a threat to all Rabbits. The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF) provide detailed information about RVHD2 and how we, as responsible Pet Owners, can do everything possible to protect our Rabbits.

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-health/rabbit-vhd/

    There are two vaccines available in the UK which are licensed to offer protection against RVHD2, the vaccines are FILAVAC and ERAVAC

    further information here :

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...60#post7041560

    There were a few Facebook Groups where people were posting to report the location of suspected/confirmed cases of RVHD2. Most of these Groups are now CLOSED as RVHD2 is a nationwide, well established and constant threat to ALL Rabbits. One Facebook Group that remains open is this one

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyxomatosismapfortheUK/

    The Group I felt to be the best was this one

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1744...epa=SEARCH_BOX

    Sadly because of the nature of both RVHD1 and RVHD2 most cases will not be notified to the Veterinary profession. The majority of Pet Rabbit owners appear to be unlikely to request a Post Mortem if their Rabbit dies suddenly and unexpectedly. So a Vet may claim never to hear of any cases of RVHD1 or RVHD2, not because the diseases are not in the area, but that they have not been asked to investigate 'sudden deaths'.

    The more Rabbit Savvy your Vet is the more likely it is that he/she will be very up to date regarding RVHD2 and they will be best placed to advise you about frequency of vaccinations etc.

    RVHD2 has had a devastating impact on both the Wild Rabbit population and on Pet Rabbits. Sadly it has now been confirmed to affect the European Hare

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/HPTO...%3A%22R0%22%7D

    The most important information to take away from this post is to VACCINATE your Rabbits. This applies to both indoor and outdoor Rabbits, single Rabbits, Rabbits in Urban areas. RVHD2 takes no prisoners, it takes lives. It takes them suddenly, usually with absolutely no warning signs.

    Finally, this Blog was written by a person who had the misfortune to experience an outbreak of RVHD2 at her small Rescue. The Author is now studying Veterinary Medicine and the Blog she kept is certainly worth a read.

    https://rhd2diary.wordpress.com/TH17th
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    Reference links for various Rabbit health problems
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    The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) ~ The UK's Biggest Organisation for Rabbit Lovers https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London
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    Thank you Jane
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    This is great thankyou Jane

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    Thanks Jane, this will be very useful.

    Just to add too that the facebook page Jane already mentioned https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyxomatosismapfortheUK/ also lists suspected/confirmed cases of myxomatosis and RVHD so is a good source of info for all 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenM View Post
    Thanks Jane, this will be very useful.

    Just to add too that the facebook page Jane already mentioned https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyxomatosismapfortheUK/ also lists suspected/confirmed cases of myxomatosis and RVHD so is a good source of info for all 3.
    Myxo is certainly still just as much of a threat as ever


    Reference links for various Rabbit health problems
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ealth-Problems

    The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) ~ The UK's Biggest Organisation for Rabbit Lovers https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London
    https://animalrescueandcare.org.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    Myxo is certainly still just as much of a threat as ever
    Unfortunately so.

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    RHD2 is so prevalent now that we need to assume it's a problem across the country. If anyone needs answers to anything not covered in this thread, you are welcome to start a new thread in health

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    Default RHD2 vaccination 'failure' clarification

    RWAF tweeted a post about reported failures in the RHD2 vaccine today, the text of which follows. TL: DR - please vaccinate your rabbits, no vaccine is ever 100% effective, please take extra precautions if necessary.

    We here at the RWAF are aware of a number of posts regarding cases of RVHD2 following vaccination, and, whilst new information is constantly being obtained and updated, we wanted to make a statement.

    Firstly, it is REALLY important to obtain that information, and to make sure it is being reported properly, to the correct authorities, and with as much detail as possible. Only then can accurate data be obtained and decisions made. Its possible to hear of the same case from multiple sources and forums, and equally, to not hear about some rabbits at all. So we do urge people to ask their vet to report any concerns about vaccine side effects or failure (or any drug adverse reaction) to both the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, and to the drug/vaccine company directly. Reporting it to the company as well means that they can act more quickly, and may be able to offer advice and assistance. So far, both the VMD and Filavac have monitored the situation and not found higher than expected numbers of vaccine failures.

    Secondly, it is important to realise that no vaccine offers 100% protection, and that sensible biosecurity measures should also be employed, especially after cases of RVHD2 have been suspected or confirmed in an area. And sadly some of those unprotected rabbits will succumb to the disease, even with a protective dose value of 90% for Filavac and sufficient antibody titre of ≥70% for Eravac.
    Currently only about 14% of UK domestic rabbits are vaccinated against RVHD2, and that means that the level of protection in the community, or “herd immunity” is poor, making spread of the disease rapid and easy for the virus.Most rabbits (85%) have been vaccinated using Filavac, and so most vaccine failures reported online have been associated with this vaccine.

    While we are aware that vaccine failures have been reported, we would urge owners not to stop vaccinating their rabbits, as the current vaccines are the best level of protection we have available. Please continue to report any problems, via your vets, to the VMD and the vaccine manufacturers.

    Richard Saunders BVSc DZooMed MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management
    Taken from: https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rvhd2-vaccine-failures/
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    How sad that only around 14% are vaccinated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    How sad that only around 14% are vaccinated
    That's kinda terrifying actually!

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