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Rabbit owners warned over deadly virus

Rabbit owners are being warned to protect their pets against a little known virus that has swept across the country.

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease varient two causes sudden death in both wild and domestic animals. The virus spreads via animals, people and bedding, such as hay. However, it is almost symptomless.

Brown rabbit Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Vet Ben Lord says the only way to protect rabbits is to give them a new vaccination that has been specially manufactured for RHD2. Over the past year, Jane Mason has lost nine rabbits to the rare virus.