- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming health officials are warning residents to keep an eye on their pets and other wildlife after several people and animals around the state have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease tularemia, better known as rabbit fever.

The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1HK9vWa ) that the Wyoming Department of Health announced there have been eight human cases to date in the state, with four cases in Weston County and one each in Big Horn, Natrona, Converse and Goshen counties.

Additionally, the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory reports that several cases of tularemia have been found in wildlife and domestic animals in Albany, Platte and Washakie counties.

Tularemia is fairly common in rodents and rabbits and occasionally spills over into other host species. It occurs almost every year somewhere in Wyoming.

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Information from: Northern Wyoming Daily News, http://www.wyodaily.com

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