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Old 24-04-2013, 19:56
chrisii2011
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I have two rabbits outside and there's a mouse close by that likes to try pinch their through the bars of their hutch. Can they catch hantavirus and get ill from this mouse?
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Old 24-04-2013, 23:42
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rabbits aren;t known to carry hantaviruses, but the mouse could be carrying other infections/parasites hazardous to your rabbits, most notably, mites, lice or fleas.

i wouldn't worry too much unless it's a new thing for this mouse to be around your rabbits, though.
i've found mouse droppings in one of my rabbits hutches before how and she's suffered no ill health as a result.

i've also had to re-secure my hay storage shed a few times due to finding mice in it, i don;t mind them all that much though, as having mice around shows that there are few rats in the area, which are a bigger worry in my book as they can and will attack domestic pets.
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Old 25-04-2013, 11:32
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Thank you,just was worried as i know it can kill humans
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Old 25-04-2013, 13:50
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I wouldn't be worried about the occasional mouse - and let's face it, they would encounter plenty in the wild - but do make sure the rabbits are vaccinated at least annually against myxi and annually against VHD - both of which are far more likely to be a problem for an outdoor rabbit.
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