A child in Pueblo County was recently diagnosed with tularemia, a rare disease primarily transmitted by rabbits, hares, and other rodents.

The first human case of ‘rabbit fever’ was confirmed in 2022 in Pueblo County

Health officials said Friday that a child in Pueblo County has been tested for tularemia, a rare contagious disease also known as “rabbit fever,” which primarily affects animals but can be transmitted to humans.

Sarah Joseph, a spokeswoman for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, said the child, who lives in Pueblo West, has been treated for the disease and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Pueblo residents, especially those who live in Pueblo West, are advised that the bacteria that cause tularemia may be present in some mammals, particularly rabbits, ferrets and hares, and on land where these animals may be active,” PDPHE Program Director Alicia Solis said in a statement.

Tularemia in humans is highly contagious and potentially fatal, but it can be effectively treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early. According to the Mayo Clinic.

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