Snowshoe Hare from Fairbanks had Bacterial Disease

FAIRBANKS, AK - A snowshoe hare from the Fairbanks area has tested positive for Tularemia.

State game officials say tularemia also affects beavers and muskrats.

The bacterial disease can be be spread to predators, including domestic dogs and cats.

Humans can also be infected by handling infected animals.

Symptoms are very serious and include skin ulcers, fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, muscle weakness and pneumonia.

The disease can be fatal if the person is not treated with proper antibiotics.

If anyone suspects the disease in a hare, they are asked to call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 907–459–7206.