HEALTH ALERT: First human case of tularemia in Pueblo


PUEBLO COUNTY, Co. The Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment wants the public to be aware the first case of human tularemia in Pueblo County.

Tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever,” can be spread through touching contaminated soil, drinking contaminated water, or inhaling a certain bacteria.

The most common side effect is a tularemia infection. Other side effects include fever, headaches, chest pain, and coughing. However, the infection is rare and it can be effectively treated with antibiotics.

For additional information about Tularemia, you can check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website by clicking here.

The Pueblo County Health Department Recommends the following precautions:

-Avoid handling wild animals.

-When outdoors near places where wild rabbits or rodents are present, wear insect repellent containing DEET.

-Use a dust mask when mowing or doing yard work. Do not mow over animal carcasses.

-Wear shoes covering your feet when outdoors where dead animals have been found.

-Do not go barefoot or wear sandals while gardening, mowing or landscaping.

-Wear gloves while gardening or landscaping, and wash your hands after these activities.

-Do not drink unpurified water from streams or lakes or allow your pets to drink surface waters.

-Leash your pets when outdoors and keep them away from dead animals.

-Routinely use a tick and flea prevention treatment on pets.

-If a dead animal must be moved, avoid direct contact with the carcass. Wear insect repellent to protect yourself from fleas or ticks, and use a long-handled shovel to scoop up the carcass.

-Place the carcass in a garbage bag and dispose in an outdoor trash receptacle. Wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.

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