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 suspected or 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. Additionally, there is an experimental, unlicensed vaccine manufactured by Medgene Labs that was granted Emergency Use Authorization in South Carolina for domesticated rabbits. For more information regarding the Medgene Labs’ RHDV2 experimental vaccine, please contact Dr. Kathryn MacDonald (contact information below).

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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