By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources just lately realized from lab outcomes that wild cottontail rabbit carcasses discovered on personal land in Elkhart County close to Middlebury examined optimistic for tularemia.
Whereas tularemia might be transmitted to people, the Indiana Division of Well being (IDOH) just isn’t conscious of any human circumstances of tularemia within the space presently.
“Seeing a neighborhood die-off of rabbits throughout a tularemia outbreak just isn’t uncommon,” mentioned Dr. Jennifer Brown, state public well being veterinarian at IDOH. “You possibly can forestall publicity to tularemia micro organism by carrying insect repellent and avoiding contact with sick or lifeless animals.”
In response to the Indiana State Board of Animal Well being (BOAH), pets are additionally prone to the chew of tick, flea or fly contaminated with tularemia. The micro organism will also be unfold to pets by contact with water or soil that has been contaminated by an contaminated animal, by the chew from or consumption of an contaminated animal, or by the inhalation of contaminated particles. Amongst different indicators of tularemia an infection, canines and cats could exhibit anorexia, fever, melancholy, enlarged lymph nodes and abscesses. Should you suspect a pet has tularemia, contact a veterinarian.
In response to IDOH, if individuals contract tularemia, they are often handled with antibiotics. Residents of the Middlebury space ought to search medical consideration in the event that they develop fever or respiratory signs inside two weeks of potential publicity to sick or lifeless rabbits, tick bites, or aerosols of mud, or to soil or grasses from mowing, raking, plowing, or related actions.