Francisella tularensis bacteria transmitted in ticks
North America, especially between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River
Getting bitten by a tick or drinking contaminated food or improperly cooked game meat and scratches or bites from infected animals
Sudden onset of high fever, chills, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, followed by slow-healing sores or lesions at the site of entry of bacteria, inflammation, swelling of lymph nodes
Seek medical attention from a physician
Avoid tick-infested habitats during spring and early summer. Use personal protection, such as wearing pants and shirts with long sleeves.
Most cases are acquired during the summer months and the middle of winter Animal hosts include: rabbits, hares, rodents and birds