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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Other Names for this Disease
  • Deerfly fever
  • Francisella tularensis infection
  • Lemming fever
  • Ohara disease
  • Pahvant Valley plague
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Your Question

I was diagnosed with tularemia in 1990. I was treated with streptomycin for 7 days. Can this condition have any lasting effects on the organs (heart, lungs, thyroid, kidneys)?

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Can tularemia have any later or lasting effects on the organs (heart, lungs, thyroid, kidneys)?

When treated promptly, tularemia seldom has long-term effects. If it is untreated or if treatment is delayed, the infection may affect any part of the body, causing:[1][2]

  • Lung problems, such as pneumonia
  • Damage to the cornea of the eye
  • Enlargement of the heart
  • Infection of the spinal fluid or fluid surrounding the brain, such as meningitis
  • Bone infection (osteomyelitis)  

If untreated, severe forms of tularemia can be fatal.[2]

Last updated: 5/10/2010