More Details On Humans, Pets And Tularemia


The New Mexico Department of Health offered this supplemental information to share with the community about humans, pets and tularemia:

How long are people contagious?

People are not contagious; a person with tularemia cannot spread it to another person.

Who gets tularemia?

Any person can get tularemia. This includes people from all parts of New Mexico.

What treatment is available for people with tularemia?

Early treatment with an antibiotic is recommended.

Do infected people need to be kept home from school, work or daycare?

No. Persons with tularemia cannot spread it to other people.

How can I protect myself and my family from getting tularemia?

  • Take steps to avoid being bitten by insects such as ticks and deer flies (arthropods). Wear insect repellent and long sleeves and pants while outside in areas where there are lots of bugs.
  • Teach children not to touch wild rabbits or other potentially infected animals.
  • Wear rubber gloves when skinning or handling animals, especially rabbits. Wash your hands after.
  • Cook the meat of wild rabbits and rodents thoroughly before eating it.

What about my pet?

Your pet may also get tularemia in similar ways as humans. Immediately take your pet to the vet if it develops symptoms of fever, tiredness and loss of appetite, especially after hunting. Pets with tularemia are not likely to spread it to their owners.

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