PRO/AH/EDR> Tularemia – Germany: (BW) hare


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Date: Tue 15 Aug 2023
Source: Schwabisches Tagblatt [in German, machine trans., edited]–599142.html

In the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, rabbit fever (tularemia)
was detected in a hare at the beginning of August [2023]. This was
announced by the district office in Freiburg on Tuesday [15 August
2023]. This disease is a zoonotic disease and can be transmitted to
wild and domestic animals as well as humans. It can cause some serious

Tularemia is a relatively rare zoonosis. In the past 13 months, the
health department of the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald and the
city of Freiburg have reported 7 cases of illness in humans. According
to the health department, 7 people suffering from tularemia were
assigned to a common source. Transmission took place among forest
workers, through direct contact with animals (hunting) or through tick

The symptoms are non-specific. In addition to flu-like symptoms —
especially fever, chills, headaches and body aches — lymph nodes
could swell, among other things. The veterinary office advises not to
touch dead hares or wild rabbits found in the wild.

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