- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Health officials say a Louisville woman has tested positive for tularemia, the second human case of “rabbit fever” in Boulder County this year.

Boulder County Public Health officials say the woman was exposed to a dead rabbit while she was walking her dog in an open space in Louisville. The woman said her dog picked up the rabbit and while she was trying to get it out of the dog’s mouth, it may have touched a small cut on her knee.

The Daily Camera reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/YTE6m6 ) she was hospitalized but is now recovering at home.

Symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen glands and can be fatal if untreated. Tularemia is often transmitted to people handling infected rabbits, hares, beavers and muskrats.

Nine people and 19 animals have tested positive for the disease statewide this year.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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