A deadly rabbit virus nicknamed ‘bunny ebola’ is spreading rapidly in Southwestern US

A deadly rabbit virus nicknamed ‘bunny ebola’ is spreading rapidly in Southwestern US

As the US struggles to bring its coronavirus outbreak under control, another virus is wreaking havoc among the country’s rabbit population.

Across seven states in the southwest, thousands of wild and domestic rabbits are dying from a rare outbreak of a highly contagious disease known as rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2).

“We refer to it as ‘bunny ebola’,” Amanda Jones, a veterinarian from Killeen, Texas, told The Cut.

While the rabbit virus is “not related in any way, shape, or form” to Ebola – a virus that causes severe bleeding, organ failure, and death in humans and primates – Jones said RHDV2 ravages rabbit bodies in a similar manner.

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