HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
Humans can become infected with tularemia through
bites by infected anthropods,
contact with contaminated water or food and inhalation
of infective aerosols.
Earlier symptoms of infection by aerosol could
be similar to those of influenza or
atypical pneumonia. The symptoms can occur within
a few days or as long as two
weeks after exposure. If untreated, the patient
experiences progressive weakness
and weight loss and can die within two weeks.
A vaccine is currently under review by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration