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Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus
|Species||Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus|
- Rabbit calicivirus (RCV)
RHD first appeared in 1984 in the People's Republic of China. Scientists cannot pinpoint its exact origins; however, it is believed the disease emerged from a virulent calicivirus spreading asymptomatically in European rabbit populations, particularly in the German Democratic Republic. The Chinese outbreak was spread by the angora rabbit, which had originated in Europe. Fourteen million domesticated rabbits died within nine months in the outbreak.EN
Europe, Americas (North and South), Asia, Australia, New ZealandEN
RHD virus causes the extremely contagious and often fatal rabbit hemorrhagic disease in domesticated and wild rabbits. This disease affects only rabbits of the species Oryctolagus cuniculus.EN