Deadly virus threatens to wipe out entire population of rabbits

A highly contagious and deadly virus is sweeping across the US and threatening rabbits.

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus type 2 is lethal to wild and domestic rabbits, but does not affect humans or domestic animals other than rabbits, according to US Fish and Wildlife (USFW).

Infected rabbits may exhibit no symptoms before suddenly dying, or they may suffer fever, swelling, internal bleeding and liver failure.

The disease is not connected to coronavirus and it only spreads among rabbits, hares and pikas – the rabbit’s small mountain-dwelling cousin.

A highly contagious and deadly virus is sweeping across the US and threatening rabbits.

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus type 2 is lethal to wild and domestic rabbits, but does not affect humans or domestic animals other than rabbits, according to US Fish and Wildlife (USFW).

Infected rabbits may exhibit no symptoms before suddenly dying, or they may suffer fever, swelling, internal bleeding and liver failure.

The disease is not connected to coronavirus and it only spreads among rabbits, hares and pikas – the rabbit’s small mountain-dwelling cousin.

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