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Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus

*Please note we are no longer accepting samples for this test for diagnostic purposes*

Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus variant 2 has now been reported in many areas of the United Kingdom in both domestic and wild rabbits (first reported case in March 2014, although retrospective analysis by APHA has identified presence of type 2 virus in UK since 2010). The clinical and pathological manifestations of the disease closely resemble that of the classical genotype (classical RHDV) albeit with differences in presentation (more sub-acute/chronic), incidence (lower number of animals affected in a colony), pathogenicity (generally less pathogenic), and susceptibility (can affect young animals and hares).

At Moredun we detected the first Scottish case of Rabbit Harmorrhagic Disease in April 2014 and we have since developed a PCR which, followed by sequencing, can discriminate between classical and type 2 genotypes. The PCR is available to surveillance centres throughout the UK to monitor the impact of the disease on the wild rabbit population.

Pinmoore Animal Laboratory Services Limited (PALS) offers a real-time PCR for RHDV/RHDV2 detection. Please see their website for more information.

*Please note we are no longer accepting samples for this test for diagnostic purposes*

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