Skip to comments.A deadly rabbit virus nicknamed 'bunny Ebola' is spreading in the Southwestern US, killing thousands of rabbits
Posted on 07/06/2020 1:21:56 PM PDT by dynachrome
Across seven states in the Southwest, thousands of wild and domestic rabbits are dying from a rare outbreak of a highly contagious disease known as rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2).
"We refer to it as 'bunny Ebola,'" Amanda Jones, a veterinarian from Killeen, Texas, told The Cut. While the rabbit virus is "not related in any way, shape, or form" to ebola a virus that causes severe bleeding, organ failure, and death in humans and primates Jones said RHDV2 ravages rabbit bodies in a similar manner.
The virus causes lesions in rabbits' organs and tissues, which leads to internal bleeding and death. Often the only outward sign that the animals are infected comes after their death: After suddenly dropping dead, their noses leak bloody discharge.
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Bunny lives matter! ping
Our rabbit social distances from other rabbits. His hutch is on lockdown.
How weird! A virus that only infects deadly rabbits.
Southwestern U.S. huh? Bugs really had better not take that left turn at Albuquerque!
As long as Bugs is still available, I really don’t care what happens to other rabbits.
It’s possible that jackalopes are immune.
lol....Why yes they are!
Is that the movie about the attacking rabbit, staring Jimmy Carter as the fishing Prez?
“Follow. But! Follow only if ye be men of valour, for the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel that no man yet has fought with it and lived! Bones of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair. So, brave knights, if you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth!”
Does anyone know if this afflicts Playboy Bunnies?
“afflicts Playboy Bunnies?”
Only African ones?
Been seeing a ton of rabbits this year in the north
Black Bunny Lives Matter
I saw several dead rabbits when I was hiking in New Mexico this spring. I thought it was unusual that the only dead animals I saw were rabbits (and a few cow bones) and there were more of them than I would have thought normal for the area.
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