NEW PANDEMIC IN THE U.S.
A deadly virus is threatening to wipe out entire populations across multiple states. At risk are North America’s rabbits.
It’s a strain of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease, and it’s recently appeared in pockets of the Western US.
If it continues to spread unchecked, it could harm all dozen-plus species of rabbits in the US and the ecosystems they belong to.
The highly contagious illness isn’t connected to coronavirus — only rabbits, hares and pikas, the diminutive cousin of rabbits, can spread it among each other, and humans can’t become infected with it.
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