Tularemia – Spain

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One confirmed case of tularemia in a forest worker in Navarra, Spain.

Tularemia is spread through contact with urine or feces from an infected animal. The person was admitted to the hospital and is undergoing treatment.

It is recommended to avoid contact with dead of sick animals.

Photo: a murine macrophage infected with Francisella tularensis.

Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. Symptoms may include fever, skin ulcers, and enlarged lymph nodes. Occasionally, a form that results in pneumonia or a throat infection may occur.

The bacterium is typically spread by ticks, deer flies, or contact with infected animals. It may also be spread by drinking contaminated water or breathing in contaminated dust. It does not spread directly between people.

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