San Diego-area ticks infected with tularemia; hikers warned
Several ticks recently collected along the Lopez Canyon Trail in San Diego County’s Sorrento Valley have tested positive for tularemia.
Tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever,” is often found in wild hares, rabbits and rodents.
This is the sixth time this year that tularemia-infected ticks have been found in the area. No human cases of the disease have been reported in the county this year.
The disease is most commonly transmitted by ticks that bite infected animals and then bite humans or pets.
Here’s a report from NBC San Diego’s Steve Luke, which aired on August 31, 2019.