Health officials in Jefferson County are warning the public to stay away from sick or dead rabbits because they may have “rabbit fever,” a disease that can infect humans.

It’s a disease of rabbits and beavers and rodents. It can be life-threatening in people, but if proper precautions are taken, the chances of getting it are pretty low.

Dave Volkel has been hunting for rabbits, but not just any rabbits.

“We’re looking for dead rabbits,” Volkel said.

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