Francisella tularensis is the aetiological agent of tularaemia. It is a Gramnegative, obligate aerobic bacterium which has a broad host range, infecting rodents, pet and farm animals, as well as humans. Tularaemia is a life-threatening zoonotic disease. It can regularly be found in Hungary's European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) and human populations. This article provides information on the recent emergences of tularaemia, on the etiology and ecology of the disease, an overview about the Hungarian situation, the role of European brown hare in the ecology of tularaemia, diagnostic tools useful for detecting and diagnosing the disease in hares and the consequences of human tularaemia infection.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja|
|Publication status||Published - febr. 8 2010|
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