Dangerous rabbit plague detected in Baden-Württemberg

Dangerous rabbit plague detected in Baden-Württemberg

Hare's plague in the Schwäbisch Hall district of Baden-Württemberg
In the Schwäbisch Hall district (Baden-Württemberg), rabbit fever (tularemia) has been detected in a dead brown hare. Local authorities ask citizens to exercise special caution. Humans can also become infected with rabbit fever.

Rabbit plague found in animal carcasses
A case of rabbit fever has been detected in the Schwäbisch Hall district of Baden-Württemberg. As the Office for Veterinary and Consumer Protection announced in a message, the Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Office (CVUA) in Fellbach has found the causative agent of rabbit fever (tularemia) in an animal carcass. A hunter had found the dead brown hare dead in its area in Oberrot at the beginning of May and brought the animal to be examined to determine the cause of death. The authority asks the population for special caution.

Humans can also become infected
Hare's plague is a bacterial disease caused by the "Francisella tularensis" pathogen. Infections are reported again and again. A case of rabbit fever only became known in Bavaria at the beginning of the year. According to the Veterinary and Consumer Protection Office in Schwäbisch Hall, the bacterium mainly affects hares and rodents, and other wild animals and pets can also become infected. However, the pathogen is also dangerous for humans, who can develop serious symptoms after an infection.

If symptoms occur, see a doctor
In humans, tularemia can develop very differently, depending on the point of entry, for example, flu-like symptoms such as fever, but also skin ulcers, blisters in the mouth and throat, pneumonia or conjunctivitis (conjunctivitis) can occur. Health experts say you should definitely see a doctor if you experience symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle spasms, or nausea and vomiting after coming into contact with wild animals or eating game meat.

Do not let dogs run uncontrolled
The Veterinary Office Schwäbisch Hall asks the population in the district, above all not to touch brown hares or brown hares that have died in Oberrot and have not fled and to report the find immediately to the responsible tenant. And even if the risk of illness for dogs is lower, the contact of dogs with dead or conspicuous rabbits should be avoided at all costs. The experts recommend not to let dogs run uncontrolled or to keep them on a lead when walking. The office also had reassuring information: "The disease can only be transmitted through direct contact with infected animals," the report says. (ad)

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