WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A third person in Colorado has been infected with “rabbit fever,” health officials say.

The victim apparently contracted tularemia, a bacterial disease, after mowing over a dead rabbit in Weld County.

Seven counties have reported cases this year.

A large number of rabbits in Larimer and Jefferson counties have died, forcing health departments to issue warnings and search areas on foot.

Tularemia can cause discomfort, including fever and lethargy, but it’s easily treated with general antibiotics. Patients generally show symptoms in three to five days after infection. It’s not contagious from person to person.

Health officials are recommending people wear insect repellant and avoid any dead animals to keep from contracting the disease.

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