Dictionary » T » Tularaemia

Tularaemia

tularaemia

(Science: infectious disease, microbiology) A rare infection of rabbits and rodents caused by the bacteria francisella tularensis.

francisella tularensis is found in many animals (rabbits, rodents) and may be transmitted by direct contact or via insect bite (ticks and deer-fly). Humans can also contract the illness via the direct contact with the infected animal carcass (break in the skin).

The illness is characterised by an ulcerative lesion at the site of the inoculation with regional lymph node swelling, pneumonia, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains and joint stiffness.

risk factors include an exposure to rabbits or recent tick bite. A vaccine is available for high risk workers. Treatment is with streptomycin or tetracycline. Tularaemia is fatal in 5% of untreated cases and in less than 1% of treated cases.

incidence: less than 200 cases per year (USA).

Origin: Gr. Haima = blood


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



Results from our forum


The Fiber Disease

... Here, the rationale for designing pAb-based therapeutics against the CDC category A microbial agents causing anthrax, botulism, plague, smallpox, tularaemia and viral haemorrhagic fevers, as well as the overall design of such therapeutics, are discussed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi? ...

See entire post
by London
Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:03 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
Replies: 7403
Views: 5561556


This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,112 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link