The Virus replicates in the liver of the affected rabbit.
That means if it doesn’t get to the liver then no serious damage happens. It is when it gets to the liver that trouble emerges,Then it moves to other parts of the system.
The disease is highly infectious. Rabbits can be infected with the virus through inhalation, ingestion, or by absorption through scrapes and wounds.
The virus replicates in the affected rabbit’s liver, causing cell death and liver failure. This, in turn, leads to multiple blood clots forming throughout its bloodstream (known as disseminated intravascular coagulation). The increased clotting depletes the rabbit’s supply of platelets, leading to excessive bleeding,especially in its lungs, heart, and kidneys.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, loss of appetite, lethargy,muscle spasms, breathing difficulties, blue lips, or bleeding from the mouth and nose. The symptoms typically appear 1-5 days after a rabbit is exposed to the virus.
There is no treatment for RHD, but vaccines that can provide immunity against RHDV2 are available.
Plants for protecting the liver against Rhd
The medicinal plants have very important place in the health and vitality of human beings as well as animals. As per the WHO estimates, about three quarters of the world’s population currently use herbs and other traditional medicines to cure various diseases, including liver disorders. Hence, several phyto medicines (medicinal plants or herbal drugs) are now used for the prevention and treatment of various liver disorders.
Although experimental studies have been conducted on a number of these plants and their formulations, however, only some plants have clearly shown the hepatogenic / hepatoprotective effects against liver diseases or hepatotoxicity caused by variety of hepatotoxic agents such as chemicals, drugs, pollutants, and infections from parasites, bacteria or viruses.
A combination of different herbal extracts / fractions is likely to provide desired activities to cure severe liver diseases.
The medicinal plants contain several phytochemicals which possess strong antioxidant property, leading to antihepatotoxic activity.
Protecting the liver from being affected is just the simple cure.
The list of the following plants does the protection. And if there’s protection the virus has no place to stay because the body immunity clears the virus up by fighting it.
List of plants
- Aloevera (leaf and gel)
- King of bitters (leaf)
- Dandelion (leaf and root)
- Mountain Thistle (leaf)
- Milk thistle (leaf and seed)
- Bitter Gourd (Leaf, fruit, seed)
- Garlic (cloves)
- Ginger (Rhizomes)
- Turmeric (Rhizomes)
Note each of the plants can be used as a single herbs or in combination as a solution in your farm to prevent RHD and other disease outbreaks.