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ND Game and Fish requests public help in preventing rabbit disease

Since March, rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus has killed wild, feral and domestic rabbits in the southwest United States.

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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking the public's assistance in preventing an exotic and highly contagious rabbit disease from entering the state.

Since March, rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) has killed wild, feral and domestic rabbits in the southwest United States. The disease is highly deadly to rabbits but does not afflict humans or other animals and is unrelated to COVID-19.

The virus is transmitted between rabbits, by insect bites or contaminated equipment, feed, meat or fur. The virus is very hardy and there is no treatment or licensed vaccine in the country.

According to Dr. Beth Carlson, deputy state veterinarian with the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division, the virus has yet to enter the state. "Our focus right now is to reduce the chance of RHDV entering the state," she said via news release. "We also want to make sure we detect any potential outbreaks quickly, so they can be contained."

Rabbit owners are reminded that a health certificate is required for all rabbits imported into the state. Extreme caution is recommended if purchasing or transporting rabbits or rabbit products from outside North Dakota.

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Anyone finding three or more dead, adult wild rabbits is asked to call NDGF at 701-328-6300 or email ndgf@nd.gov . Because rabbits can die of other diseases of concern to humans, carcasses should not be handled until guidance is provided, officials said.

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