Cook County residents are being urged to use caution after a dead rabbit tested positive for tularemia this week.
The disease, which can cause fever and flu-like symptoms in humans, was found in a rabbit in suburban Tinley Park, according to Cook County Animal and Rabies Control. The rabbit was found June 13 and tested positive for the disease.
Rabbits, hares, and rodents are susceptible to the disease. Humans can be infected through a tick bite or exposure to infected animals.
In animals, the disease can cause fever, abdominal pain, and lethargy.
To avoid exposure to the disease, Animal and Rabies Control urges residents not to handle wild animals, living or dead, and to keep pets away from wild animals.
If residents find dead rabbits, they are urged to call Animal and Rabies Control at 708-974-6140.