- a plaguelike disease of rabbits, squirrels, etc., caused by a bacterium, Francisella tularensis, transmitted to humans by insects or ticks or by the handling of infected animals and causing fever, muscle pain, and symptoms associated with the point of entry into the body.
Origin of tularemia
1920–25, Americanism; Tulare, California county where first found + -emia
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"Tularemia, of course," he said, touching his lighter to the tip.Temple Trouble
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Actually, many kinds of mammals are quite as likely to have tularemia as are rabbits.
Now that streptomycin is available, cases of tularemia in persons are easily cured.
No evidence of plague or of tularemia was reported after study of 494 small rodents obtained from 13 localities in the Park.Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
- An infectious disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis that chiefly affects rodents but can also be transmitted to humans, in whom it causes intermittent fever and swelling of lymph nodes.
- An infectious disease characterized by intermittent fever and swelling of the lymph nodes, caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. It chiefly affects wild rabbits and rodents but can also be transmitted to humans through the bite of various insects or through contact with infected animals.
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