Does RHDV affect humans?
This was considered in great detail by the government and health authorities from the outset. A major study was conducted in which blood from 259 people exposed to RHDV-infected rabbits was tested. There was no evidence of infection. International laboratories in many different countries confirm that human infection with rabbit calicivirus is not known to occur and that no ill effects have been seen, even in people working very closely with the virus.
The virus has been present in more than 40 countries round the world, including most of Europe, since the 1980s, and there have been no scientific or medical reports of human infection from any of these