Rabbit virus proves a killer but questions remain over failure to spread

Whoops – the planned man-made virus was knocked out by nature evolved virus that “escaped” from a previous project. The rabbits are a manmade “plague” that people are still trying to control with methods they make believe they can control. This could be a huge oops, if it gets to a cross over point and jumps to another vector and then us!


Released two years ago, the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus RHDV1-K5 reduced rabbit numbers on some sites by about one third, but failed to spread further — and scientists say an exotic rogue virus is largely to blame.