• What is it? Tularemia is a bacteria.
• How is it transmitted? Through cuts or scratches exposed to contact with infected animals, from drinking contaminated water during water-borne outbreaks, from flea, tick or insect bites, or, rarely, from eating undercooked meat.
• What does it affect? Tularemia does not affect one single organ system. Symptoms of tularemia may include sudden fever, chills, headaches, diarrhea, muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough and progressive weakness. People can also develop pneumonia with chest pain, cough, and difficulty breathing. Other symptoms of tularemia depend on how a person was exposed to the tularemia bacteria. These symptoms can include ulcers on the skin or mouth, swollen and painful lymph glands, swollen and painful eyes, and a sore throat.
• What animals can potentially carry this? Typically rabbits, beaver and muskrats.