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Cases of rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease

Rabbit owners in Lincolnshire are being warned to vaccinate their pets to protect them from a virulent strain of rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease (RVHD), following a confirmed case in the county.

Vets from Eastfield Veterinary Hospital in North Thoresby say there have been a number of suspected cases of RVHD-2 in the area and a confirmed case near Immingham.

The highly contagious disease is often symptomless and there is no cure, meaning owners should protect their pets through vaccination.

Eastfield’s senior vet Wendy Adams said: ‘RVHD-2 was confirmed in the UK in 2013. It is often fatal, although some rabbits have recovered with veterinary care.

‘What makes RHVD-2 more dangerous than RHVD-1 is its longer infectious period, resulting …

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