Experts warned that a virus with a 90% death rate is currently spreading across southwestern areas in the U.S. Reports indicated that the outbreak has already killed thousands of wild and domestic rabbits in the country.
The highly contagious pathogen is caused by the rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2). As its name suggests, the virus mainly infects wild and domestic rabbits. Due to its nature, experts refer to it as the “bunny ebola.”
Although RHDV2 is not related to the Ebola virus, the disease affects the bodies of rabbits in a similar way. According to veterinarians, RHDV2 triggers lesions to form in the organs and tissues of rabbits, which leads to internal bleeding, organ failure and death. After an animal has died due to RHDV2, a bloody discharge will leak from its nose, Business Insider reported. More