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A worldwide disease caused by infection with the bacterium Francisella tularensis, which affects multiple animal species, including humans. Tularemia cases have been reported from North America, Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. In the winter, infection in adult humans occurs frequently from bare-handed skinning of infected rabbits, hares, muskrats, or beavers; in the summer, infections occur in both adults and children from transmission of the bacterium through the bites of ticks or deer flies. Francisella tularensis (see illustration) also has the potential to be used as a bioweapon. See also: Bacteria; Bacteriology; Diptera; Francisella; Ixodides; Medical bacteriology; Zoonoses
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