Rabbit haemorrhagic disease,
Information received on 25/10/2020 from Dr Olaniran Alabi, Director, Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, ABUJA, Nigeria
Report type Follow-up report No. 1
Date of start of the event 28/09/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 13/10/2020
Report date 25/10/2020
Date submitted to OIE 25/10/2020
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus
Serotype RHDV2
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to the whole country
Related reports Immediate notification (13/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (25/10/2020)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments Being first time the disease is occurring in the country, no vaccination available for it yet. More outbreaks recorded in Oyo. Full data not ascertained yet because of the unrest in the country. Data should be available in the subsequent follow-up report. Another state (Ogun) reported suspected outbreak of the disease. Result of submitted samples being awaited from the regional laboratory in the country.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Screening
  • Selective killing and disposal
  • Disinfection
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom (NVRI) (Regional Reference Laboratory) Rabbits polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 13/10/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.