Wild rabbit in Pueblo County tests positive for tularemia

PUEBLO, Colo. — A wild rabbit in Pueblo County has tested positive for tularemia, according to health officials.

The rabbit was found in the Hatchet Ranch area of Pueblo County. It has not had any known contact with people.

Another rabbit with tularemia, which is also known as rabbit fever, was found in the Liberty Point area of Pueblo West earlier this year.

Tularemia is a bacterial infection most commonly transmitted to humans by the handling of sick or dead animals. Infection can also occur from the bite of infected insects, including ticks and deer flies, and exposure to soil and vegetation. Dogs and cats get tularemia by eating infected rabbits or other rodents and through tick and deer fly bites.

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