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Deadly rabbit virus found in El Paso County


Last updated 5/13/2020 at 2:27pm

Feral and wild rabbits found recently at two sites in southeastern Colorado died from the highly contagious and deadly Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus type 2 (RHDV-2).

These Front Range and Eastern Plains deaths came after the disease was found in the San Luis Valley, prompting Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) to renew their request for the public's help in tracking its movement.

The CPW wildlife health program confirmed that RHDV-2 killed at least 20 feral rabbits near Calhan, about 35 miles northeast of Colorado Springs in El Paso County....

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