Health Dept. Warns After ‘Rabbit Fever’ Case In Butler Co.

Posted at 11:24 AM, Apr 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-28 11:24:22-04

BUTLER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky health officials have taken action to close a 240-acre field trial facility in Butler County near Morgantown.

The move comes after officials say a captive wild rabbit there tested positive for tularemia.

The disease, also known as "rabbit fever," is transmissible to people and pets. It can even be fatal if left untreated.

Health officials are encouraging people who spend time outside in Butler County to guard against exposure to the bacterial disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using insect repellent, wearing long pants and sleeves, removing any ticks and avoiding drinking untreated surface water.

Anyone who suspects they have come into contact with the bacteria should seek medical care.