Rhdv1 K5 Rabbit Virus Release Date – 6th March 2017

The Korean Strain of RHDV1 was released on 6th March 2017.  Locally, the virus was released at Nungurner, along the Tambo River opposite Johnsonville, and at Lake King near Tambo Bluff.  Locals are encouraged to report rabbit activity on the FeralScan App or website.

From the Invasive Animals CRC:

Re: Korean strain of RHDV1 is being released nationally.

Over 600 landholders and community groups from around Australia are currently involved in the coordinated simultaneous release of an additional strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus called RHDV1 K5. This is the first time in more than 20 years that a new rabbit biocontrol has been released, and it is receiving strong community and industry support.

You can play a vital role in monitoring the outcomes of this release in two ways:
1) Record current levels of rabbit activity (such as sightings, active warrens, damage levels etc) in your local area into RabbitScan. Click here.
2) Report evidence of rabbit disease in your local area, such as dead rabbits and rabbits with symptoms of RHDV or Myxomatosis. You can also elect to submit tissue samples if you wish. Click here to learn more, or Report dead rabbits now.

Alternatively, download the free FeralScan Smartphone App (Apple or Android) and use the RabbitScan program from the field. https://www.feralscan.org.au/
The information you enter will be posted live on Rabbit Biocontrol Tracker website via https://www.feralscan.org.au/rabbitscan/map.aspx?mapMode=rhdv and RabbitScan https://www.feralscan.org.au/rabbitscan/default.aspx
If you have any questions about how to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact the RHD Boost Team via e-mail rhdboost@invasiveanimals.com.
If you have an opportunity to take photographs of your activities in the field, please forward your photos to feralscan@feralscan.org.au and we will display them on the RabbitScan website.

Wishing you the best of success with the release, and great outcomes.

Kind regards

Peter West and the RHD Boost Team

vic.gov.au

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