What is killing UK hares?

Researchers at the Univeristy of East Anglia (UEA) have launched a campaign to raise funds for collaborative research into the unprecedented high incidence of hare deaths across the UK.

They hope to raise £120,000 to investigate the cause of hare deaths following reports of sick and dead hares from members of the public.

The team, led by UEA Prof Diana Bell, has already identified the first UK cases of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus type 2 (RHDV2) – which had ‘jumped’ to hares.

Now, they want to map the spread of the disease, and see what other diseases could be behind the deaths.

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