Tularemia Is Called “Rabbit Fever” For a Reason

A pair of rabbits in a hutch outside

Tularemia is a serious bacterial disease most commonly found in rabbits – hence, the name, “Rabbit Fever”. Unfortunately, it can be transmitted to pets and humans through the bite of an infected tick or deerfly, or by touching/ handling an infected sick or dead animal.

Tularemia can also be contracted by inhaling airborne bacteria, eating an infected rabbit, drinking water or food contaminated by an infected animal, or contact with contaminated grass or soil.

What Causes Tularemia?

The bacterium causing Tularemia is Francisella tularensis, and is found worldwide in a variety of wild animals, birds and insects. The most common carriers, however, are rabbits and rodents. Continue…