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Rabbit fever, or tularemia, can spread to human and cause life-threatening fever.
Two people in northern Colorado have been diagnosed with rabbit fever this summer. One was in Larimer County, and the other in Broomfield. The disease has also been blamed for rabbit die-offs in Jefferson County.
Tularemia is commonly transmitted by people handling infected rabbits, hares, beavers and muskrats. It can also remain in animal feces and urine for up to a month.
How can I protect myself
Avoid contact with wildlife,
especially sick animals. Do not handle
dead wildlife without gloves. Wash
your hands after touching any animal
and especially before you eat. When
outside, wear insect repellents that
contain DEET. Cook all meats and
foods thoroughly. Wash fruits and
vegetables before eating them. Only
drink water from a safe source.
originally posted by: demus
a reply to: HardCorps
how widespread is it, I saw you mentioned some outbreaks, is the disease present wherever rabbits are?
Treatment is through the use of antibiotics. The antibiotics chosen for the individual will depend on how far the disease has progressed and how early it is diagnosed. Diagnosis is through the collection of blood or saliva that is tested for the bacterium.