Tularemia, also known as Rabbit Fever, is cause by the bacteria Francisella tularensis. This bacteria is found in wild rodents and rabbits. It is spread through tick bites, direct contact with infected living or dead animals, or by drinking water that has been contaminated with the bacteria. In California, the American Dog Tick and the Pacific Coast Tick can transmit tularemia.
Tularemia has been reported in many areas of the country. In California, it is most frequently seen in the northern areas of the the state. It is very rare in San Diego.
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