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Tularemia is a disease of animals and humans caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. Rabbits, hares, and rodents are especially susceptible and often die in large numbers during outbreaks. Humans can become infected through several routes, including tick and deer fly bites, skin contact with infected animals, ingestion of contaminated water, or inhalation of contaminated dusts or aerosols. In addition, humans could be exposed as a result of bioterrorism. Symptoms vary depending upon the route of infection. Although tularemia can be life-threatening, most infections can be treated successfully with antibiotics. Steps to prevent tularemia include use of insect repellent, wearing gloves when handling sick or dead animals, and not mowing over dead animals. In the United States, naturally occurring infections have been reported from all States except Hawaii.
Inhaled immune system stimulant launches immune response in lungs to wipe out lethal infections

Inhaled immune system stimulant launches immune response in lungs to wipe out lethal infections

Tularemia-specific antibodies protect mice from developing respiratory tularemia

Tularemia-specific antibodies protect mice from developing respiratory tularemia

Search for vaccine to prevent Chlamydia

Search for vaccine to prevent Chlamydia

NIAID program aims to model immune responses and key infectious diseases

NIAID program aims to model immune responses and key infectious diseases

Novel vaccine approach to listeria - potential protection against other intracellular bacterial pathogens

Novel vaccine approach to listeria - potential protection against other intracellular bacterial pathogens

Extremely infectious pneumonia-like disease slips through body's immune system

Extremely infectious pneumonia-like disease slips through body's immune system

New technology developed at Cornell University could make it just as easy to identify genes

New technology developed at Cornell University could make it just as easy to identify genes

NIAID has awarded 10 grants and 2 contracts totaling approximately $27 million to fund development of new therapeutics and vaccines against bioterrorism

NIAID has awarded 10 grants and 2 contracts totaling approximately $27 million to fund development of new therapeutics and vaccines against bioterrorism

Salmonella now linked to pet rodents

Salmonella now linked to pet rodents

Test kit mistake - labs in race to destroy deadly flu virus

Test kit mistake - labs in race to destroy deadly flu virus

$73 million to tackle infectious diseases such as West Nile virus and influenza

$73 million to tackle infectious diseases such as West Nile virus and influenza

HHS awards contracts totaling more than $232 million to fund development of new vaccines against smallpox, plague and tularemia

HHS awards contracts totaling more than $232 million to fund development of new vaccines against smallpox, plague and tularemia

Researchers unravel genetic makeup of ticks to tackle disease

Researchers unravel genetic makeup of ticks to tackle disease

International research team have decoded the genetic blueprint of the tularemia (rabbit fever) bacterium

International research team have decoded the genetic blueprint of the tularemia (rabbit fever) bacterium