Warning to protect pet rabbits from virus
RABBIT owners are advised to take steps to protect their pets from a new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV1).
The virus, known as RHDV1 K5, was released at 600 sites across the country and more than 100 sites in WA in the first week of March to control pest rabbits, which wreak havoc on the environment and biodiversity.
The Department of Agriculture and Food is providing support to WA landholders and community groups involved in the national release.
The department is alerting owners of domestic rabbits to ensure they are aware of the virus and remind them to continue to protect their pets from infection as they would for the existing strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus.
The virus is a naturally occurring variant of the virus that was released in Australia in 1996, and is now widespread.
The vaccine is available for both strains.