No, it was first diagnosed in a lab ( on lab rabbits) somewhere in the south Americas. Long time ago, before humans got skilled in creating diseases that can kill us all. It is a disease that is fairly harmless to the local rabbit species, but lethat in our kind of rabbits. Lots of diseases are fine for the animals where they originate as those critters have developed an immunity or a degree of protection. Move the disease and it becomes devastating. Move animals and that is devastating for the local animals.