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Tularemia Spreads to More Mesa County Animals

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Updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:23:54 MST

MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Mesa County health officials confirm another rabbit testing positive for tularemia. This is the second Mesa County rabbit that has tested positive for Tularemia this summer. Both were found on the east end of the Redlands.

Tularemia is a bacterial disease that can affect humans and animals.

Humans can get sick by coming into contact with infected animals, tick or deer fly bites, drinking contaminated water, or inhaling contaminated dust.

To prevent Tularemia officials recommend wearing insect repellent and staying out of areas where wild rabbits or rodents are present.

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