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Rabbit health
Detection of RHDV variant 2 in the Azores
  1. Margarida Duarte1,
  2. Margarida Henriques1,
  3. Silvia C. Barros1,
  4. Teresa Fagulha1,
  5. Fernanda Ramos1,
  6. Tiago Luís1,
  7. Miguel Fevereiro1,
  8. Sandra Benevides2,
  9. Lídia Flor2,
  10. Sílvia Vanessa Barros2 and
  11. Susana Bernardo2
  1. 1National Institute of Agrarian and Veterinarian Research, Virology Laboratory, Rua General Morais Sarmento, 1500-310 Lisbon, Portugal
  2. 2Veterinary Regional Laboratory of Angra do Heroísmo, Vinha Brava 9700- 236, Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal
  1. e-mail: miguel.fevereiro{at}

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RABBIT haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) causes a highly infectious and lethal disease in European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). In Portugal the disease was first reported on the island of Madeira in 1987 and, in the following year, in the Azores. The first report of the disease on the mainland occurred in 1989. Since then, the disease has become endemic throughout the country.

The genetically distinct RHDV variant 2 (RHDV-2) was reported on the Portuguese mainland …

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