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Kelheim: New cases of infectious plague in Lower and Upper Bavaria

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The rabbit sits on a corn field.

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Kelheim

In Lower and Upper Bavaria, two rabbits were found suffering from rabbit rabbits. The hunter shot the animal in the Drnbucher Forest because it was apathetic and without the escape reflex, as announced by the Kelheim District Office on Friday. Another infected rabbit was found dead in the city of Ingolstadt, according to the health department. The State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) has so far counted 53 infected rabbits in Bavaria so far this year, including Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia and Swabia.

Rabbit plague is a bacterial infectious disease that occurs mainly in wild rodents and often leads to death. Affected animals lose weight, have furry fur, fluctuate strokes and become speechless. In addition to rabbits, rabbits, mice, rats, squirrels and birds can become infected. Anyone who finds a lifeless animal should notify the owner of the hunting area or the police.

"People can become infected, especially in the event of intense contact with diseased animals or their excreta or in the handling of corpses, especially during the spillage and extermination of killed wildlife," a statement from the Kelheim district office said. Inhalation of infectious room or heated food as well as contaminated water may lead to infection in individual cases. Professional groups such as hunters, cooks, butchers, veterinarians and farmers are particularly vulnerable.

Like flu, patients experience fever, chills, headache and body aches. If the disease is recognized on time, it can be treated with antibiotics. Infections can be avoided by touching potentially infected animals. Protective mouth and gloves should be used in contact. The LGL also recommends eating thoroughly cooked venison dishes.