State officials have authorized an experimental vaccine for a highly contagious and deadly rabbit disease that has been detected in Minnesota for the first time.  And State Veterinarian, Doctor Beth Thompson is urging all rabbit owners, whether their animals are pets or in larger facilities, to take extra precautions:

“Cleaning boots and clothing if they’re going over to places whether other rabbits are kept (and) that they’re watching their rabbits closely for any signs of disease.”

The Hemorrhagic Disease virus kills 70 to 90 percent of rabbits it infects — wild and domestic — and can survive up to 15 weeks under certain conditions.   Visit the Minnesota Board of Animal Health website and search on “rabbits biosecurity.”