Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2)

 RHDV2 is a highly contagious disease affecting domestic and wild rabbits. RHDV2 is considered a foreign animal disease and should be reported to the State Veterinarian once it is diagnosed by a veterinarian. Currently, there are no cases of RHDV2 in South Carolina. No licensed vaccines for RHDV2 are available in the United States; however, there is a vaccine in the European Union (EU) that can be used under a special permit in states that have positive cases of RHDV2.

For more information:

If your rabbit becomes ill or dies and you suspect RHDV2, please contact your veterinarian.

If you are a veterinarian and would like to submit a sample for testing or are interested in a necropsy, please contact the Clemson Veterinary Diagnostic Center at 803-726-7831 or visit their webpage.

If you are concerned about a wild rabbit, please contact SC Department of Natural Resources:

Michael Hook
If you have questions regarding this page, please contact:
Kathryn MacDonald, DVM