USDA retracts report of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in Northeast Arkansas

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease not in NEA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - The United States Department of Agriculture reports a “significant error” in a March 30 report of the detection of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2) in Northeast Arkansas.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture says the USDA retracted the notification on April 9, saying the error came from the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

RHDV2 is a “highly contagious” but “does not infect humans or other animals, including dogs and cats.”

Signs of the disease include:

  • rabbits sudden death
  • bloodstained noses
  • lethargy
  • decreased appetite
  • or labored breathing.

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