To combat the threat of rabbits within Australia, the national release of a Korean strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5 is planned to take place during the first week of March, 2017.
This is the first time in 20 years that a new rabbit biocontrol agent is being released into Australia, however RHDV1 K5 is not a new virus; it is a strain of the existing virus already widespread in Australia, commonly known as calicivirus.
More than 600 sites across Australia are involved in the release of RHDV1 K5 and are working closely with Biosecurity Officers in their regions to ensure the best management outcomes.
Preparing for the release of RHDV1 K5
In preparation for the release, landholders and the community are being asked to lend a hand in developing information about rabbit populations before the release, and in reporting any evidence of disease-affected rabbits in their local area.
Record rabbit activity and control in your local area using RabbitScan.
For more information on how to prepare for the release of RHDV1 K5 head to http://www.pestsmart.org.au/boosting-rabbit-biocontrol-rhdv-k5-national-release/
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