Wildlife officials warn of disease in Interior Alaska hares that can spread to pets, people


FAIRBANKS — Wildlife specialists are warning Interior Alaska residents to beware of hares.

Alaska Office of Fish and Game veterinarian Kimberlee Beckmen says tularemia is manifest up in hares.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports tularemia can be transmitted to dogs and cats that declaim or catch sick hares.

The disease is spread by bacteria through hare and vole ticks. It’s most day in and day out seen in summer when ticks are most active.

Late concocts of the disease can make hares slow and easy to catch by pets.

People can befit infected by handling hares or coming into contact with an infected pet’s saliva.

The most plain symptoms in people and pets are lethargy, high fever and swollen lymph nodes.

The virus can be fatal if untreated but cured with antibiotics if diagnosed quickly.

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