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Wildlife disease
Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus type 2 in hares in England
  1. Diana J. Bell,
  2. Jonathan P. Davis,
  3. Matthew Gardner,
  4. Alex M. Barlow,
  5. Mara Rocchi,
  6. Michaela Gentil and
  7. Rand J. Wilson
  1. Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 6SQ
  2. APHA Wildlife Group, APHA Starcross VI Centre, Staplake Mount, Starcross, Devon EX6 8PE
  3. Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  4. Laboklin, Steubenstrasse 4, 97688 Bad Kissingen, Germany
  5. Finn Pathologists, Mayflower Way, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9EB
  1. email: alex.barlow{at}

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Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus type 2 (RHDV2) or GI.21 is a calicivirus causing acute, usually fatal, haemorrhagic lungs and hepatitis in lagomorphs.

A retrospective study confirmed the presence of RHDV2 infection in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in the UK in 2010.2 Disease has also been confirmed in Sardinian Cape hares (Lepus capensis mediterraneus) in 2011,3 farmed Italian hares (Lepus …

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