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Human case of 'rabbit fever' found in Weld County resident; at least 10th in state this year


GREELEY, Colorado — Health officials say a Weld County resident who lives southeast of Erie has been diagnosed with tularemia, also known as "rabbit fever."

The Weld County Health Department said Tuesday the person is recovering at home after being hospitalized last week.

It's the first confirmed human case of tularemia in Weld County this year and at least the 10th in the state.

Tularemia was also confirmed in a field mouse found in northwestern Johnstown and in a rabbit found southeast of Berthoud, both in Weld County.

A human case of tularemia was confirmed in Boulder County last week.

Tularemia symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen glands. It can be fatal if untreated.

It's often transmitted to people handling infected rabbits, hares, beavers and muskrats.

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