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Dogs and tularemia

Posted in Dogs
Tularemia is a nasty bacterial disease. The bug that causes it, Francisella tularensis, is a category A bioterrorism agent (along with things like anthrax, botulism, plague, smallpox and Ebola virus). It’s classified as that because it’s highly transmissible and causes serious disease, so it’s something you definitely don’t want. The bacterium circulates in the wild,… Continue Reading

Tularemia alert in Texas

Posted in Other animals
When it comes to handling microorganisms, there are 4 biosafety levels. Biosafety level 1 (BSL-1) organisms are harmless. BSL-2 organisms include most of the commonly encountered bugs, including things like E. coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus. They can cause serious disease but infections are often treatable and they can be handled safely with standard lab… Continue Reading

Tularemia in cats and dogs in Sioux Falls

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Other diseases
Tularemia has been diagnosed in five dogs and cats in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At least one of the pets has died. Tularemia, sometimes referred to as "rabbit fever" is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. Infections occur throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere but are much more common in certain regions, such as the… Continue Reading

Tularemia Trouble

Posted in Other diseases
A case of pneumonic tularemia was recently reported in New York City. Tularemia is a disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis.  It causes different signs of illness depending on how the bacteria enter the body.  If the bacteria are inhaled, it tends to cause pneumonia (pneumonic tularemia).  If the bacteria get in through a… Continue Reading