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Rabbit owners near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island need to take precautions to protect their pets against a deadly virus that is killing feral rabbits.

According to Nanaimo Animal Control Services, about 30 dead rabbits have been found in the last four days on Vancouver Island University campus and in the surrounding area.The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources said in a statement it will continue testing, but it suspects the other rabbits died from the same illness.”At some point it runs out of agents needed to clot blood and ongoing bleeding cannot be clotted and the rabbit just bleeds out… It’s nasty,” said Welch, who added the disease attacks rabbits like the Ebola virus attacks humans.Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is not a threat to humans or other animals, said Welch, but it is highly contagious and has an extremely short incubation period of one to two days.http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/province-warns-rabbit-owners-about-deadly-virus-on-vancouver-island-1.4560587

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