The world is still facing the COVID-19, the Pandemic 2020 issue when half of the year has already gone. Now we have the news of a new virus that is attacking the rabbits. Yes, you heart it right.
There is a Bunny Ebola named flu of rabbits that are killing these innocent animals. Today I am going to highlight some of the facts about thus Bunny flu.
What is Bunny Ebola?
Bunny Ebola is a name given to a highly infectious viral disease that infects the domestic as well as wild rabbits. The virus is typically known as Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV2). Please do not get confused with the Ebola virus that infects humans. Ebola virus that infects humans is different from this Bunny Ebola virus. This virus is named so because it produces similar infections in rabbits.
What RHDV2 Does in Rabbits?
As already mentioned, this is a highly contagious disease where the virus causes internal bleeding in the infected rabbits, leading to death. After death, blood leaks from the nose of the dead rabbit.
USDA, US Department of Agriculture has confirmed the cases of RHDV2 in rabbits in many States such as Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Texas since April 2020, as reported on Business Insider on June 30, 2020. This virus has already killed thousands of wild and domestic rabbits across these States.
This is not the first time that this virus has infected the rabbits but this time the infection has spread from domestic rabbits to the wild rabbits too.
Facts About RHDV2:
- This virus is highly contagious and has already killed thousands of rabbits.
- The incubation period for this virus is from one to three days.
- The death rate in infected rabbits is 90%.
- The virus can live for more than three months at room temperature.
- Like any other virus, it cannot be killed by freezing.
- This virus does not infect humans, cats and dogs.
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