Virus Described As ‘Bunny Ebola’ Targets US Rabbit Population

A new virus referred to as ‘bunny ebola’ is now wreaking havoc with rabbits populations in the US and Europe, killing thousands upon thousands of rabbits.

As The Daily Mail reports:

A highly-contagious virus is threatening to destroy wild and domestic rabbit populations across the United States.

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus type 2 is believed to have spread to the U.S. from Europe, and was first reported to have killed wild rabbits in New Mexico back in March.

In the months since, the virus has killed thousands of wild rabbits and hares in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. Last week, the Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the disease has now spread to California, after the carcasses of 20 black-tailed jack rabbits were discovered on a property in Palm Springs.

The disease is also killing domestic rabbits.  Nearly 500 pet rabbits have been killed by the virus in New Mexico alone. The Agriculture Department estimates that there are around 6.7 million pet rabbits owned by households across the U.S.

Scientists claim that while the virus is a very real danger to both the domestic and wild rabbit population in the United States it is allegedly unrelated to the deadly Coronavirus and is not transmissible to humans.

 

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