Dead rabbit warning issued in Jefferson County

DENVER (AP) — Health officials in Jefferson County are warning the public to stay away from sick or dead rabbits. The county is seeing cases of "rabbit fever," a disease that can be life-threatening in humans.

It's a disease of rabbits and beavers and rodents. It can be life-threatening in people, but if proper precautions are taken, the chances of getting it are pretty low.

KCNC-TV in Denver reports (http://cbsloc.al/XBVJWz ) that environmental health specialists are collecting dead rabbits to test for the disease.

So far there are no confirmed human cases in Jefferson County.

The disease is officially known as tularemia.

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Information from: KCNC-TV, http://www.cbsdenver.com

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