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New Variant RVHD- Known as 'RVHD2' U/D 20th Feb 2023

Just a reminder that we can never let our guard down with regards to RHD. The virus is now endemic in the UK and ALL Rabbits are at risk. Whilst no vaccine can ever give 100% protection it is still absolutely essential that ALL Rabbits keep up to date with their vaccines.

Sadly there are still some Veterinary Professionals who are advising clients that House Rabbits are not at risk. Or that Rabbits in urban areas are not at risk. This is simply NOT TRUE. The RWAF provides up to date and factual information about RHD


The vaccine now being given is the Nobivac Myxo RHD Plus (AKA the Triple Vaccine’), this covers Myxomatosis, RHD1 and RHD2. The Vaccine can be given to kits from the age of 5 weeks


The previous Nobivac Myxo RHD vaccine, which only gave protection against Myxomatosis and RHD1, has been discontinued now. There is a specific protocol Vets need to follow when vaccinating a Rabbit with the Triple Vaccine for the first time if the Rabbit had previously had the now withdrawn Nobivac Myxo RHD or if the Rabbit’s vaccine status is unknown


It is VERY important that this protocol is followed

Finally, if you are unfortunate enough to lose a Rabbit to suspected or confirmed (after PM liver sample testing) RHD then there are specific actions you need to take to try to protect any other Rabbits you may have. No new Rabbits should be brought in for at least 4 months. The bodies of any deceased Rabbits must be cremated. Burial risks disease spread as detailed in the advice given on this link


I have been made aware of numerous RHD losses in vaccinated and unvaccinated Rabbits in the Hartlepool and Gateshead areas. One person losing 15 Rabbits within 72 hours :cry: House Rabbits as well as outdoor Rabbits :(

Whilst vaccination cannot give 100% protection, as the above details prove, it is still ESSENTIAL to have all Pet Rabbits vaccinated and to make sure their vaccination status is kept up o date every year.This applies to indoor Rabbits as well as outdoor Rabbits.
I think part of the problem is that people get their rabbit vaccinated but then don't get the booster within a year. There is some ignorance over vaccinations, an assumption they'll last a lifetime.
I've witnessed this in the past anyway.