(Salem, OR) -- Oregon hunters are being warned about a virus that's deadly to rabbits, so they can help avoid spreading the disease. Rabbit hemorrhagic virus is not contagious to humans. Hunters should avoid areas where they find dead or sick rabbits. Wear gloves when handling rabbits and avoid eating, drinking, or smoking while handling animals. Rabbits with the virus might have a bloody nose or die suddenly. Deaths of wild rabbits should be reported to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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