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Contagious rabbit disease found in CO


Last updated 4/29/2020 at 12:56pm

BROOMFIELD – A highly contagious and fatal disease of rabbits and hares has been detected for the first time in Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) report that Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus type 2 (RHDV-2) was confirmed this month in three wild cottontail rabbits approximately 10 miles southeast of Alamosa in Costilla County. RHDV-2 does NOT affect humans or domestic species other than rabbits, but it is highly contagious and lethal among rabbits.

RHDV-2 is considered a foreign animal disease and is of high concern at the state a...

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