The first batch of vaccine for a deadly rabbit virus – which forced the euthanization of 66 rabbits at a shelter in Richmond – has arrived in B.C.
The vaccines for rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) are now being distributed to 50 veterinary clinics across the province that put in orders. A second batch of the vaccine is expected in early May, following heightened demand.
An order for the vaccine was first placed by the B.C. government in March following the first reported cases on Vancouver Island. The leading vaccine is produced by a manufacturer based in France and must be imported by the province with emergency permits granted by the federal government.
The first shipment, which arrived this month, included all product the manufacturer had available, according to a news release.
“This included 1,090 individual doses of the vaccine and 42 multi-dose vials that are being distributed to vet clinics that ordered it following cases of the disease in their area,” according to a news release issued Monday.
“It is also being distributed to clinics in other parts of B.C. that have clients who are concerned about protecting their rabbits from the quickly spreading disease.”
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is extremely infectious among rabbits and causes internal bleeding and organ damage. Infected rabbits can show some symptoms but often die suddenly following a fast deterioration in their health. Even rabbit fur, remains, cages and materials used to care for an infected rabbit can spread the disease.
It cannot be transmitted to other animals nor humans.
First batch of vaccine for deadly rabbit disease now available in B.C.
Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi (aka Mohammad Iqbal Masood Al-Nadvi) is the Chairman & President of the Canadian Council of Imams and the Amir (President) of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada.
ICNA Canada is a nation-wide Islamic organization that is striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.”
Nadvi’s previous positions include: Director of Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville, Ontario from 2004 to 2011, Imam of Muslim Association of Calgary Islamic Center from 1998-2004 and as a member of the University of Calgary chaplaincy team. Al-Nadvi also serves as the Muslim Chaplain of the Canadian army.
In a panel discussion in Toronto on the “Finality of Prophethood”, Nadvi called Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, a “false prophet” who abrogated the jihad in contradiction to an explicit hadith by Mohammad who said the the jihad will continue to the end of time. The following is an excerpt (09:49-09:54 and 32:13-32:51) from Nadvi’s speech (January 12, 2013):
The person who claimed to be a false prophet his name is Ghulam Ahmad… Sudqi [?] tried to kill the jihad not by political terms… but by creating another religious term to demonize jihad. This is the first and last agenda of Ghulam Ahmad to prove that I’m the messiah and the jihad is now cancelled. But what we do with the hadith [narration attributed to Mohammad]? The messenger of Allah [Mohammad] peace be upon him said: Jihad will continue till the Day of Resurrection. If it a good ruler or a bad ruler they will not cancel it.