Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2), a notifiable foreign animal disease, has been confirmed for
the first time in wild rabbits in the United States.
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If you live in New Mexico….and in the event you find a sick or dead rabbit…
From Wildlife Rescue: “The disease has been found in Southern and Eastern NM and it is only a matter or time when it will be found here in our area. It is highly contagious, but only to other rabbits, domestic rabbits and species within the rabbit family. Baby rabbits don’t seem to be affected at least at this time.”
If we (Wildlife Rescue) receive any phone calls regarding someone reporting dead or sick wild rabbits, we are asking them for info on where these rabbits are located and reporting this to USGS/NMG&F or to our mammal coordinator. We are telling people not to handle or rescue these rabbits themselves or to wear gloves if handling them.