Rabbit Calicivirus Disease (RCD), also known as RHD (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease), or HVD (Haemorrhagic Virual Disease) is a highly infectious and usually fatal disease that affects wild and domestic rabbits.
The virus was illegally introduced to New Zealand in 1997 to control the wild rabbit population on farms.
Transmission of RCD occurs by direct contact with an infected animal, or contaminated objects or organisms. Rabbits acquire RHD through oral, nasal or conjunctival pathways. Urine, faeces and