Tularemia is an infection caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. It is more common in rodents and rabbits but has been found in other animals including domestic cats, sheep, birds, and hamsters. Humans can become infected in several different ways: by handling infected animals, through tick or deer fly bites, by drinking contaminated water, or by inhaling contaminated dust or aerosols.  Person-to-person transmission has not been reported. The type of tularemia and the particular signs and symptoms vary depending on how the
The symptoms of tularemia usually appear 3 to 5 days after exposure, but can take as long as 14 days to appear. Symptoms may include:
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New NCATS Rare Diseases Research Video
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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)? See answer