The World Forum - April 13th, 2024

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Deadly and contagious rabbit virus detected in Ontario for first time


A highly contagious and deadly virus that affects rabbits and hares has been detected in Ontario for the first time.

Two cases of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus – 2 (RHDV-2) were reported earlier in June in southwestern Ontario's Lambton County. Previously recorded in Alberta, B.C. and Quebec, rabbit hemorrhagic disease is not known to affect humans or other species.

"This is the first time RHDV-2 has been diagnosed in Ontario," the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said in a statement to "The origin of the infection is not known at this time."

The infected pet rabbits were in the same household, which was placed under quarantine after the diagnoses.