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Tularemia Bacterium


Tularemia (also known as "rabbit fever") is an infection caused by the Gram-negative coccobacillus, Francisella tularensis. Two biogroups are known; biogroup tularensis, also known as type A, is the more virulent form, and is endemic in much of North America. Naturally acquired tularemia is contracted through the bites of certain insects (notably ticks and deerflies), or via contact with infected rabbits, muskrats and squirrels. Intentional release by belligerents would...

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