Questions on Tularemia

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Provide the following information in your response

  1. Provide a brief history of this disease.
  2. Identify cause (both genus/species names)
  3. What is the epidemiology of this disease? (when, who, where, etc...)
  4. What is the disease process in the human body? (I want an overview of the overall process, DO NOT provide a list of symptoms)
  5. Are there any treatments (provide an overall view, NOT a list of medicine or dosages etc...)
  6. Is there a vaccines? (current or in the works...)

Provide links used to get info

Sep 29th, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your question!

1. Tularemia is a rare infectious disease that typically attacks the skin, eyes, lymph nodes and lungs. Tularemia — also called rabbit fever or deer fly fever —

2. is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis

3. The disease mainly affects mammals, especially rodents, rabbits and hares, although it can also infect birds, sheep, and domestic animals, such as dogs, cats and hamsters.

Tularemia spreads to humans through several routes, including insect bites and direct exposure to an infected animal. Highly contagious and potentially fatal, tularemia usually can be treated effectively with specific antibiotics if diagnosed early.

4. Most people exposed to tularemia who become sick generally do so within three to five days, although it can take as long as 14 days. Several types of tularemia exist, and which type you get depends on how and where the bacteria enter the body. Each type of tularemia has its own set of symptoms.

5. Tularemia can be effectively treated with antibiotics such as streptomycin or gentamicin, which are given by injection directly into a muscle or vein. Depending on the type of tularemia being treated, doctors may prescribe oral antibiotics such as doxycycline (Oracea, Vibramycin, others) instead.

You'll also receive therapy for any complications such as meningitis or pneumonia. In general, you should be immune to tularemia after recovering from the disease, but some people may experience a recurrence or reinfection.

6. There's currently no publicly available vaccine for tularemia.

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Sep 29th, 2015

Can I get the link you got to find the information used? Thanks

Sep 29th, 2015

I am a Medicine student. I read a book about it.

Sep 29th, 2015

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