TINLEY PARK, Ill. — Health officials are warning residents in the south suburbs to stay away from rabbits.
The Illinois State Public Health Laboratory said a dead rabbit found in Tinley Park on June 13 tested positive for tularemia.
In a statement, the Village of Tinley Park said:
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Tularemia is a disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis that includes symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening. All forms are accompanied by fever, which can be as high as 104 °F.
Health experts say if you see a dead rabbit, do not touch it. If you have, call a doctor.
They also advise people to keep pets on a leash to keep them safe too.
If anyone finds dead rabbits on their property, they should call the Cook County Department of Animal Control at (708) 974-6140.