Tularemia is a rare infectious disease that typically attacks the skin, eyes, lymph nodes and lungs.
Tularemia — also called rabbit fever or deer fly fever — is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis.
What diseases can humans get from rabbits?
Tularemia, or rabbit fever, is a bacterial disease associated with both animals and humans. Although many wild and domestic animals can be infected, the rabbit is most often involved in disease outbreaks. Tularemia is relatively rare in Illinois; five or fewer cases are reported each year.
Do rabbits carry disease harmful to humans?
Often these diseases do not make the animal appear sick but can cause serious illness in humans. Zoonotic diseases specifically associated with rabbits include pasteurellosis, ringworm, mycobacteriosis, cryptosporidiosis and external parasites. Rabbits can transmit bacteria through bites and scratches.
What is human rabbit fever?
Medical Definition of Rabbit feverRabbit fever: An infection in rabbits and other wild rodents caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis that can be transmitted to humans by contact with infected animal tissues or ticks. Also called tularemia.
Can humans get Pasteurella from rabbits?
Humans that handle infected rabbits should wash their hands and clothes before handling healthy rabbits. “Pasteurella multocida, as with most bacteria, is contagious to man, but usually requires a skin break such as a bite or a wound to enter the system,” says Heatley.