Viral Haemorrhagic Disease - 5/26/2005
Direct contact with other rabbits, in water, in food, on people, clothing, objects, vermin, other domestic pets, bird droppings and through the air. It only takes 100 virus particles to make an infective dose (millions would fit on a pin head). The virus survives a long time in the environment so even indoor rabbits can be affected.
The only reliable way to protect your bunny is to have him/her vaccinated. The Nobivac Myxo-RHD vaccine protects them against both Myxomatosis and VHD classic strain 1. Please note for full protection your rabbit will also need an annual booster of Filavac -K C+V to protect them from the RHDV2 variant strain. These vaccinations should be given at least 14 days apart. Please contact your vet for advice.
Some rabbits may drop dead without any outward signs of being ill. Others may suffer the following symptoms: high temperature, anorexia, lethargy, spasms
difficulty breathing, bleeding from the nose, mouth and anus. 80-100% of susceptible rabbits will die of the disease and very few recover even with the best care.
Every rabbit is at risk and the only way to protect your rabbit is to have them vaccinated and to keep their annual boosters up to date.