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Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD)

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Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD)

There are several highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases that can affect your rabbit. Viral haemorrhagic disease (also known as VHD, rabbit haemorrhagic disease or RHD) is one of the most common, along with myxomatosis, which is discussed in a separate factsheet.

There are two strains of VHD (VHD1 and VHD2). VHD1 was first discovered in China in 1984 in rabbits that had been imported from Germany, and it arrived in the UK in 1992. VHD2 was first recognised in France in 2010 and soon after came to the UK.

To ensure your rabbit is protected against these diseases, vaccination is essential.

VHD is caused by a highly contagious virus called the calicivirus.

What is VHD?

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How is VHD transmitted?

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How do I know if my rabbit has VHD?

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Can my rabbit be treated?

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How can I prevent my rabbit from contracting VHD?

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