If you have a pet rabbit, this virus is of great concern. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV-2) is a type of calicivirus found in wild rabbits. Not to be confused with feline calicivirus which is different, and both appear to be species specific.
The virus does not affect humans or animals other than rabbits, hares and possibly pikas.
The virus has recently been confirmed in California. Found in the carcass of a dead jackrabbit near Palm Springs.
It is said to be highly contagious and deadly to rabbits.
Be very safe when it comes to pet rabbits. Keep them away from areas or gardens where wild rabbits have been, or continue to go. Do not give clippings from the garden to your pet rabbit.
And try to prevent flies or insects from around your outdoor hutch. For monthly prevention, contact your veterinarian for available products to prevent rabbit parasites.
Wildlife officials say to use gloves when handling any wild rabbits if found sick or dead. As always it is best to contact Animal Control in your area to remove any sick animals or carcasses from your property.