The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released an interactive map, which shows the alarming spread of a rabbit hemorrhagic disease, allegedly caused by a virus that is being referred to as “bunny Ebola.”
“We refer to it as ‘bunny Ebola’,” stated a veterinarian from Killeen, Texas., very clearly.
According to a recent Business Insider article, in the Southwestern United States, thousands of domestic and wild rabbits pass away due to this rare outbreak of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2). So far, it has been spotted in seven states.
What does this mean for humans?
Although nothing about the virus has any technical relation to the human virus responsible for Ebola, it similarly harms a rabbit’s body. The virus is known to cause severe lesions in the tissues and organs of an animal, which ends up causing internal bleeding and then death. Unfortunately, it’s not readily apparent most of the time, if a rabbit has been infected. Typically, it isn’t noticeable until they suddenly pass away, often leaking blood from the nose.
At this time, there is no evidence that humans can get this virus.