WPR News
9:56 am
Wed September 6, 2006

2 in Wyoming Contract Tularemia; More Animals Infected

Cheyenne, WY – Two people are believed to have contracted tularemia in Wyoming.
Tularemia is an infectious disease that animals and insects can spread to humans. Also known as "rabbit fever" or "deer fly fever," the disease typically affects rabbits, hares and rodents. Other mammals, including domestic animals, can also become infected.
The state Health Department says a woman in Baggs who was bitten by a cat and a male youth in Lovell who recently skinned a rabbit are both believed to have contracted the disease.
In addition, three cats, one foal and one cottontail rabbit have tested positive for the disease at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory.