The disease is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, which is found in animals, particularly rodents, rabbits and ticks. Francisella tularensis is very infectious and as few as 10-50 organisms may cause disease. Due to this fact, it has been reported that the organism has been researched as a potential biological weapon.
People can get tularemia many different ways, including:
• Being bitten by an infected tick, deerfly or other insect
• Handling infected animal carcasses
• Eating or drinking contaminated food and water
• Breathing in the bacteria
“Tularemia can be fatal if not properly treated,” reported Brian Mcfarland, Vice President of Legends Environmental Insurance Services, a leading provider of insurance coverage to the environmental testing industry. “Symptoms can include fever, chills, joint pain headaches and diarrhea so people who develop the condition may think they have a common cold or the flu. There are professionals who can test for the bacteria to see if it is present so that preventive measures can be implemented or to help pinpoint the source of an outbreak. To help educate the public about tularemia and Francisella tularensis, Legends recently sponsored an online video to help spread the word about the condition,” he continued.
The video can be seen at:
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