Bait delivery of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) to improve the effectiveness of RHD outbreaks on rabbit populations

In SA, naturally recurring outbreaks of RHD have held rabbit numbers down to 10-15% of pre-RHD levels in semi-arid and arid areas. However, RHD has had less impact in higher rainfall and some coastal areas, where landholders frequently complain about rabbits in late spring and early summer and claim that RHD does not occur in their area. This has stimulated mounting interest in the potential use of RHDV on bait to initiate outbreaks in such areas. Currently, RHDV is only registered for administration to rabbits by injection but this is not a practical field technique for landholders. An application for registration of RHDV-bait is currently being considered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and field trials have been conducted to test the efficacy of the technique.

Author Sinclair, R. and Mutze, G.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Pages 114
Control method Biological Control
Region SA
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