Deadly Rabbit Virus Detected in Tennessee

Feb 05, 2022 at 12:31 pm by WGNS

In Tennessee, eastern cottontails (shown in photo), Appalachian cottontails, and swamp rabbits are susceptible to rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus type 2 (RHDV2). Image courtesy TWRA.

The Tennessee State Veterinarian recently confirmed that the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 was detected in two domesticated rabbits in one East Tennessee location.

Murfreesboro veterinarian Dr. Amy Shirley of Family Pet Health explains that although this disease is not new, it has never before been seen in Tennessee:

Dr. Shirley explains that many times, rabbits will not show signs of being infected with this deadly disease:

One of the greatest concerns to veterinarians is the east at which this virus can spread: 

Scroll down for more on this story...

Story Continued...

Dr. Shirley says there is something that rabbit owners can do to protect their beloved pets:

To learn more about the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus and see the approved list of veterinarians with the vaccine, visit or LISTEN to the full story below (audio below, link to this article HERE). 


Important Links:


Sections: News Smyrna News