Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD)

On March 25, 2021, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) and Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) confirmed the presence of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD), a fatal and highly contagious disease that affects animals in the rabbit family (domestic and wild rabbits, hares, and pikas). Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease does not infect humans or non-rabbit species.

The two RHD positive black-tailed jackrabbits were part of a larger group of jackrabbits found dead southwest of the Boise airport in Ada County in early March. This is the first known case of RHD in Idaho. Testing was conducted in coordination with US Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center and the USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. As this is a reportable foreign animal disease, IDFG is working in collaboration with ISDA and USDA.

Please review the details  USDA RHD Fact Sheet (click here), USDA Disinfection & Cleaning Guidance Document (rhdv-cleaning-guidance), USDA Carcass Disposal Guidelines (click here), the joint ISDA/IDFG press release (click here), and the Idaho RHD Testing and Surveillance Guidelines (click  here)

Do not touch any dead rabbits you may see near the area where the disease has been found.

If you have questions or comments; please let us know (208-939-9171 or wildlifehealthlab@idfg.idaho.gov