Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) - information for the public


Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV1) K5 was released nationally in the first week of March 2017. The release of this virus is used as a biocontrol measure to manage wild European rabbits. RHDV1 K5 is not a new virus; it is a Korean variant of the existing virus already widespread in Australia that was released in 1996. RHDV1s infect European rabbits and are not known to cause disease in any other Australian animal species.

Topics in this Primefact include:

  • Protection of domestic rabbits
  • How is the virus spread?
  • Clinical signs of RHDV1 K5 infection
  • What to do if you have RHDV1 K5 on your property


Primefact 1673 First Edition

Published: Feb 2019