Rabbit haemorrhagic disease,
Information received on 31/01/2019 from Dre Kristina Landsverk, Chief Veterinary Officer, Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Brumunddal, Norway
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 11/01/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 28/01/2019
Report date 31/01/2019
Date submitted to OIE 31/01/2019
Date event resolved 03/05/2019
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 09/06/2017
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus
Serotype RHDV2
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (31/01/2019)
Follow-up report No. 1 (21/06/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Kragerø, Tåtøy, Telemark Department, Eastern Region, Telemark
Date of start of the outbreak 11/01/2019
Outbreak status Resolved (03/05/2019)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Rabbits 16 15 15 1 0
Affected population Pet rabbits on an island.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Rabbits 16 15 15 1 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Rabbits 93.75% 93.75% 100.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Quarantine
  • Stamping out
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Disinfection
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
National Veterinary Institute (SWE) (Foreign laboratory) Rabbits real-time PCR 28/01/2019 Positive
Norwegian Veterinary Institute (National laboratory) Rabbits histological test 28/01/2019 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations