Status: 07.12.2023, 14:47 PM
By: Katarina Amtmann
In Lower Franconia, a dead brown hare was discovered, it died of rabbit fever. Currently, this is an isolated case - but the district office warns.
Bad Neustadt an der Saale - In the district of Rhön-Grabfeld, a dead brown hare was found, in which rabbit fever was identified as the cause of death. According to the current status, this is an isolated case, as the district office announced on Wednesday, December 6. Diseased hares, wild rabbits and rodents would lose their speed and shyness due to the rabbit fever, it was said. In addition, according to the information, they become apathetic and dull.
In Bavaria, rabbit fever was detected in a dead brown hare (symbolic image). © IMAGO / perspektive
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Rabbit fever detected in Franconia: pathogen transmissible to humans
The pathogen can be transmitted to humans and pets. However, few cases of infection in humans are known. Nevertheless, "suspicious hares and rabbits in the wild, as well as their blood or excrement, must not be touched under any circumstances," the agency said. (kam/dpa)
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This article has been machine-edited and carefully reviewed by editor Katarina Amtmann before publication.