Fact Sheet: Tularemia (rabbit fever, deer fly fever), For Veterinarians, August 26, 2015

(2015) Fact Sheet: Tularemia (rabbit fever, deer fly fever), For Veterinarians, August 26, 2015. Public Health, Department of

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Abstract

Francisella tularensis is an intercellular bacterial pathogen that causes the zoonotic disease tularemia and can affect a wide range of animals including small mammals, birds and humans. Hunters, hikers and people in rural settings are more likely to come in contact with infected rabbits or ticks that have fed on a diseased animal. The organism is spread to people from the insect bites; direct contact from skinning a wild rabbit or by preparing or eating improperly cooked game meat. Occurrence of the disease follows a bimodal cycle with higher numbers of humans infected in July due to ticks and in December due to the hunting season. Inhalation exposure can occur if large numbers of the organism are aerosolized in a confined space.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Tularemia, Public Health
Subjects: Health and medicine > Public health > Environmental health
Health and medicine > Public health
Health and medicine
ID Code: 33195
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2020 16:23
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2020 16:23
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/33195