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The BRC governing body has been following closely The COVID -19 outbreak. As it is believed that the virus will not peak in the UK for 10 to 14 weeks we have made the decision that due to the fact that probably 60+% of our exhibitors fall into the vulnerable category we will grant credit on show support for shows that wish to cancel one week prior to closure of entries. This shall be reassessed daily during the government's containment period. This will be with immediate effect.

We shall be following government guidelines & advice & will update accordingly.

The BRC AGM will now be rescheduled for 11th July 2020.

RHD2 Quarantine Period

We have been asked to explain the need for a 4 month quarantine period once you have been infected with the RHD2 virus.

The initial decision re the length of quarantine was made in 1992 when the RHD1 virus first started to affect stock in the UK. This decision was the result of research studies finding that the virus could survive on exposed surfaces for up to 120 days. Other studies suggest even longer than this. Nothing has been published since to disprove this fact.

Moredun Laboratories also carried out research last year, and discovered that any rabbit which was infected during an outbreak, but survived the infection, could continue to shed the virus in their urine and faeces for up to two months. These animals would be a potential risk to any others which they came into contact with.

It is essential that any individual who experiences unexplained losses – whether or not they have the animals tested, does not have contact with other breeders or rabbit owners. Some breeders are losing the majority of their stock where none are vaccinated, others all of this years youngsters which have not been vaccinated.

Reports of RHD2 2020:

January - Leicestershire LE18

Reports of RHD2 2019:
December - West Yorkshire HX6, Lancashire PR25,
October - Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B73, Cheshire, CW9, Hampshire SP11,
September - West Midlands B63, Norfolk IP24
August - North Yorkshire YO62 (confirmed), East Lothian EH33, North Yorkshire LA2,
July - Worcester WR5, Penzance, Cornwall TR19, Gloucester GL17, West Midlands DY5
June - Nottinghamshire NG17, Scunthorpe, St Austell PL25 (confirmed), Bedfordshire MK41, Bristol BS5, North Wales LL54,(unconfirmed) Norwich NR8 (unconfirmed). Shropshire SY7 (unconfirmed)
May - Shropshire WV16. Norwich area. Cleveland TS10. Bournemouth BH11 (Negative). Co Durham DL3. Somerset BA4. Kings Lynn area
April - Southampton SO30. Bristol BS13
March - Bury St Edmunds (confirmed)
February - Frome BA11
Reports of RHD2 in 2018:
November - Lincolnshire.
October - Aberdeen AB51, Swindon. Co Durham DH8
September - Lincs PE20. Northamptonshire NN9, Surrey area
August - Cornwall PL24 (confirmed). Bristol, Scotland, Co Durham area x2.
July - Somerset x 2, Gwent, S Wales, Stoke on Trent, Staffs, Falkirk, Scotland, Cleveland area.
June - North Wales LL12, Co Durham. Nuneaton, Warwickshire (unconfirmed). Rugeley, Staffs. Stanhope, Co Durham. Durham area. South Devon (unconfirmed)
May - Essex CM7 (unconfirmed), South Wales (confirmed), South Wales NP4 (confirmed), Kent BR6
April - Wiltshire BA12, Somerset BS28 (NEGATIVE), Caerphilly CF18 (Unconfirmed)
February - Stoke on Trent, Staffs (unconfirmed). Faversham, Kent (unconfirmed)
January - Wiltshire SN7 (unconfirmed)

October - Dorset BH31, Leicester LE10
September - Helston, Cornwall
July -Somerset BS28, Kent/Surrey RH8, Washington NE37, Gateshead NE9
June - Dudley DY3 (unconfirmed), Radford West Midlands CV1 (Confirmed), PH13 Perth. NE17 Gateshead Tyne & Wear (unconfirmed)
May - Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Brighton & Hove area (unconfirmed)
April - Mansfield NG18.
February - Co Durham x2. Runcorn, Cheshire. Edgbaston, Birmingham

Reports of Myxomatosis in 2018:
September - Colchester CO1
July - Middlesbrough; Somerset; Lincoln

Reports of RHD2 in 2017:
November - Shropshire (unconfirmed). Luton, Beds. Gwent, South Wales
October - Harrogate N Yorkshire HG3, Northumberland, NE61, Dudley DY3, Wakefield, Yorkshire WF4
September - Chesterfield, Derbys. Louth, Lincolnshire LN11. Wakefield, Yorkshire WF4, South Wales SA38, Cleakheaton BD19, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9
August - Cumbria, Bedfordshire MK41, West Yorkshire LS26, Lancs M46,
July - Staffordshire DE13 (confirmed), Somerset, Powys, Wales (confirmed), Sheffield, Lancaster, Scottish Borders (confirmed)
West Sussex x2
Cornwall PL17
June - Dublin (confirmed),Chelmsford, South Wales 3 unconfirmed cases
May - Staffordshire ST13


September - Melton Mowbray LE13, Barnsley S70. Warrington WA2,
August - East Grinstead, West Sussex (confirmed), Tonbridge, Kent. DE13,
July - Hednesford, Bedford, Sunderland (confirmed), Cornwall (unconfirmed), Yorkshire Dales (confirmed), Chorley, Lancs (confirmed),at least 2 unconfirmed cases in South Wales
June - large quantity of dead wild rabbits in the Cornwall area, 2 confirmed cases in Guernsey
May - Kent (TN4), Surrey KT8, Oswestry, Gwent and Burnley, Lancs, by pet owners or the vets in these areas

Be vigilant and wherever possible please vaccinate.

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