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Wildlife disease
Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus type 2 in hares in Scotland
  1. Mara Rocchi,
  2. Madeleine Maley,
  3. Mark Dagleish and
  4. Brian Boag
  1. Surveillance Unit, Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  2. The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA
  1. email: mara.rocchi{at}

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Rabbit haemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHDV2 or GI.21) is a highly infectious, usually fatal, disease of lagomorphs which has been present in the UK since 20102 and is now commonly diagnosed throughout the country.3 Similar to the rest of Europe, RHDV2 infection has been detected in European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) in England,4 although in a limited number and possibly representing a spill-over event from rabbits. …

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