filavac vaccine subsidised by NZ government
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The New Zealand Veterinary Association recommend that Filovac is the only vaccine that protects against all 3 strains of RHDV in New Zealand.
I believe it is New Zealand government's duty to provide subsidised vaccines that can help protect domesticated rabbits.
If this disease was found in any other domesticated animal eg dogs or cats there would be an uproar but because rabbits are seen as lesser animals owners are faced with a huge price to protect their pets.
New Zealand is seen as a country that protects its animals and has high animal welfare standards. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease is one of the most painful and horrific ways for an animal to die.
There are several strains of rabbit calicivirus (also known as Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV)) in New Zealand:
RHDV1 is widespread.
RHDV1 K5 was introduced here in March 2018 (to control wild rabbits).
RHDV2 was detected in wild rabbit samples collected in 2017.
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