Do Wild Rabbits Carry Diseases?

There are disease concerns with both wild (rats, mice) and pet (rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs) rodents and rabbits.

They can carry many diseases including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella.

Can you get diseases from rabbits?

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.

Can wild rabbits transmit diseases to humans?

Rabbits can occasionally be infected with Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp., which can potentially infect humans, but transmission of these pathogens from rabbits to people has not been reported.

Do wild rabbits carry rabies?

Small rodents and other wild animalsSmall rodents like squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, and mice) and lagomorphs including rabbits and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans.

How do you tell if a wild rabbit has a disease?

If there are signs of infection, they include decreased to no appetite, fever, lethargy, and collapse. There may be convulsions and coma, difficulty breathing, foaming at the mouth, or bloody nasal discharge.

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