News Releases

June 30, 2015

El Paso County Public Health confirmed June 29 that a wild rabbit in Yoder died of tularemia infection, and are asking residents to remain cautious around wild animals.

The rabbit was tested after a resident noticed a large number of dead rabbits in the area. Laboratory tests confirmed the animal died of tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever.” A dog that lives in the same area as the dead rabbit has also tested positive for tularemia and is being treated with antibiotics. The dog is doing well and will not require further treatment.