Rab­bit vac­cine ar­rives in B.C.

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

VIC­TO­RIA — The first batch of vac­cine to pro­tect do­mes­tic and feral rab­bits from a dis­ease that has dev­as­tated some com­mu­ni­ties in Bri­tish Columbia is now avail­able for own­ers and vet­eri­nar­i­ans.

The B.C. Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture an­nounced Mon­day the vac­cine for rab­bit hem­or­rhagic dis­ease has ar­rived from Europe and will be handed out to the 50 ve­teri­nary clin­ics that re­quested the medicine.

The dis­ease was first no­ticed on Van­cou­ver Is­land when rab­bits started dy­ing in early March, but it has since spread to Richmond and Delta in Metro Van­cou­ver.

The Min­istry con­firmed in a state­ment that the French vac­cine of­fers the best pro­tec­tion from the dis­ease and is only made by one man­u­fac­turer.

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