4-H Rabbit Raisers: Highly Contagious Rabbit Disease in Texas
RHDV2 was found in Lampasas and Hamilton Counties. This is a highly contagious, deadly virus, affecting domestic and wild rabbits. Per TAHC mandate, all rabbits in the barns were euthanized and the barn must remain empty for 90 days. Because this virus is now in D8 (Hamilton County), here are some of the recommendations that are being put out by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. At this time, the ARBA is asking breeders close to outbreaks to enact strict bio-security measures to reduce the opportunity of their herds contracting this deadly virus. Rabbit breeders are encouraged to not utilize cross country transport service during this time in an effort to contain the outbreak and protect rabbit populations across the continent.
Per ARBA show rules, a sanctioned show “reserved the right to refuse entries from exhibitors placing an entry from all locations within 150 miles which has had a confirmed outbreak of RCV/RHD/VHD within the past 60 days of the entry deadline.” If the virus continues to spread in our area, this can affect exhibitors’ entries to local breeder shows and the State Fair of Texas.
Instructions on How to Make a Facemask
A facemask provides a barrier between you and another entity (i.e. person). Please realize these masks are not a replacement for N-95 respirators and other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). These masks are meant to be used in situations that will free up N-95 respirators and other masks for higher priority uses.