Utah Officials are warning hunters about Rabbits, Wild and Domesticated, that being ravaged by a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease nicknamed ‘Bunny Ebola,’ and it’s spreading across the United States.
It has been confirmed in both southern and northeastern Utah, according to the state Division of Wildlife.
The disease — which the US Department of Agriculture said does not affect humans — was first detected in China in 1984 but is thought to have originated in Europe.
There have since been confirmed cases in Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, ABC News reported.
In the US, outbreaks also have been reported in New York, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest.
Earlier this year, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and multiple areas in Mexico also experienced outbreaks.
People are advised to look out for rabbits that appear to be bleeding from their mouths — and to disinfect hands or any equipment if it is suspected that they handled an infected animal.