FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — State game officials say a snowshoe hare has died of tularemia.
Officials say in a release that the hare was from the Fairbanks area, where hares commonly die every spring and summer.
Besides hares, the bacterial disease also affects beavers and muskrats.
Predators and scavengers of hares, like dogs and cats, can become infected if they bite into a sick or dead hare. Humans also can become infected if they handle infected pets.
Symptoms of tularemia in humans 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.