Apparently, a woman was infected with Tularemia in Mesa County last august...After floating Ruby in July, I got this email from the BLM...
"Tularemia has been confirmed in a Mesa County woman. She was likely exposed through a bite from a
deer fly or tick while on public lands near the Colorado River in Mesa County.
Mesa County Health Department reminds residents that the bacteria that causes tularemia has been
found in rabbits in Mesa County and may affect squirrels, beaver, muskrats and other rodents, as well as
pets and some livestock. Itís common to have animals test positive for tularemia each summer, however
this is only the second human case in Mesa County in the last decade.
The State of Colorado has seen elevated numbers of human cases of tularemia so far this year. Sixteen
cases were confirmed statewide in 2014, compared with 15 cases recorded to date this year.
The Bureau of Land Management and Mesa County Health Department urge residents to take
precautions while in areas where wildlife is active. "We hope people will take the necessary precautions
to avoid insect bites while enjoying their public lands" said Collin Ewing BLM National Conservation Area
Take these precautions to avoid being exposed to tularemia:
Do not handle or feed wild animals.
Use insect repellant with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks to keep tick and deer flies off your skin.
Tularemia causing bacteria can become airborne when soil is disturbed. Wear a mask while
mowing or weed-whacking to avoid breathing in dust if wildlife crosses your property often.
If you need to dispose of an animal carcass on your property, wear gloves and use a longhandled
shovel to place it in a garbage bag, and then place the bag in an outdoor garbage can.
Protect your pets. Prevent them from hunting or eating wild animals. Contact a veterinarian if your
pet becomes ill with a high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.
Tularemia is treatable. Contact your health care provider if you notice symptoms including sudden fever,
chills, headaches, diarrhea, muscle aches, joint pain, swollen glands, dry cough, progressive weakness,
an infected ulcer-like bite and difficulty breathing.
For more information, call or text Katie Goddeyne at (970) 644-7980 or visit health.mesacounty.us, or call
BLM Colorado Northwest District Public Affairs Specialist Chris Joyner at (970) 244-3097."