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Georgia confirmed Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) in domestic rabbits

Christian Fernsby |
The Georgia Department of Agriculture's (GDA) Animal Industry Division confirmed Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) in domestic rabbits at a single Gwinnett County premise.

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This is the second confirmed case this year. The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of the virus and currently it does not appear to be linked to the Cobb County case. The premises will remain under quarantine pending additional investigation and development of a site-specific response plan.

GDA has approved the importation of RHDV vaccine by Georgia licensed veterinarians for administration to domestic rabbits living in Georgia.

Previously on June 22, 2021, the Georgia Department of Agriculture's (GDA) Animal Industry Division confirmed Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) in domestic rabbits at a single Cobb County premise. The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of the virus and there are currently no other confirmed or suspect cases in Georgia.

The remaining rabbits in the herd are completing a 90-day quarantine in an isolation facility. The affected premises are undergoing cleaning and disinfection before it will remain fallow for a minimum of 30 days.

Georgia requires an official CVI issued within the previous 30 days for domestic rabbits entering the state for sale, trade, adoption or exchange for a fee or other type of compensation.


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