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ICC update on RHD2 virus

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The ICC met with the NPWS today, Wednesday August 14th, to discuss the recent outbreak of RHD2 virus in an Irish Hare located in Wexford and rabbit detections in Co. Wicklow and Co. Clare. The netting licence is currently suspended to facilitate a clearer understanding of the extent, spread and implications of the RHD2 virus.

The NPWS are asking the ICC and its members to assist in reporting any unusual hare deaths or hares acting in an unusual manner. Any such findings should be notified to the ICC by contacting Eugene on 052 6188508 or email: eugene@sportingpress.ie or the NPWS by Email (nature.conservation@chg.gov.ie.) or Phone (1890 383 000).

The ICC will meet with the NPWS again on Monday, September 16th to review all relevant matters. It is vital as custodians of the Irish hare that coursing club members make every effort to engage with the NPWS to establish as much facts as possible to inform strategies in dealing with this disease.

D.J. Histon