Killer pet virus outbreak

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AN OUTBREAK of a rare disease which kills rabbits in days has prompted vets to urge owners to get their pets vaccinated.

Eastgate Vets has found four cases of viral haemorraghic disease (VHD) in the last two weeks in the Mildenhall area.

Matt Wright, nurse at Eastgate, said he had never previously seen a case of VHD in his 10- year career.

“It’s a horrible disease. The rabbit will get sick, then will start to bleed before collapse and death,” he said.

Despite VHD being untreatable, Mr Wright said owners can get a vaccination for the disease, which costs around £20.

The vaccination can be done until the rabbit is five weeks old.