Oklahoma has banned all rabbit exhibitions in the state for 90 days due to the spread of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD).
Oklahoma State Veterinarian Doctor Rod Hall said it's essential to stop bringing rabbits together until we can prevent the spread of the disease. It does not pose a threat to people, but you can spread it to other rabbits through clothing and shoes.
In a press release, Dr. Hall said in part, “it is essential to stop commingling of rabbits until we have a better understanding of the disease prevalence and better tools to prevent disease transmission,” said Dr. Hall in the ban released this morning. “I encourage all owners and breeders of pet, show, and meat production rabbits to immediately institute strict biosecurity to protect your rabbits.”
The ban will be in effect until September 24.