SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Controller reminded residents of the area to protect themselves and their pupils after detecting mucilages that carry tularemia, A potentially lethal bacterial disease along the path of Lopez Canyon
Tularemia, colloquially known as rabbit fever, can be treated with antibiotics, but it can also make people severely ill. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are more likely to be infected with tularemia when biting bites.
The disease can also be found in wild rabbits and rodents in San Diego. According to Vector Control, the country has not confirmed the case of tularemia in humans since 2005.
This is the first discovery of tularemia in the district this year, but Vector Control officers found several infected mites last year. Ticks can also carry diseases such as Lyme disease and spotted fever, but clinical illnesses are typically rare in the San Diego area.
Residents can avoid the risk of contact with ticks, staying on designated pedestrian paths and refraining from touching grass and wild rodents. Insects can also touch clothing and bite the host after they leave the path or camp. If bitten, the CDC recommends removing the ticker with a tweezers, taking as close as possible to the head so as not to leave it inside the body.
Residents can learn more about cell diseases in the District Health Environmental Health Website, sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/deh/pests/ticks.html. The CDC also has a section on its site targeting at cdc.gov/ticks/index.html.