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1 more case of rare infectious disease confirmed in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota health officials have confirmed one more case of tularemia, a rare infectious disease that humans can catch from animals and insects.

Laura Cronquist with the Health Department tells the Minot Daily News that the case was confirmed in Stark County.

Tularemia symptoms in humans vary depending on how the infection was acquired. They include fever, chills and muscle ache; an ulcer may appears were the bacteria entered the skin.

Two cases of tularemia, sometimes called rabbit fever, were confirmed in LaMoure and Burleigh counties earlier this month. A squirrel at Minot’s Roosevelt Zoo and two primates at the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck were also found to be infected.

The zoos are taking precautions, but officials say visiting the facilities doesn’t pose an increased risk to the public.

In related news, Health officials report increases of rare infectious disease.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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