Tularemia

A blacklegged tick, Ixodes

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.

Latest Tularemia News Release

Tularemia Activity Update  General Information         
Tularemia Cases in San Diego County Tick Information
Vector-borne Disease Press Releases Frequently Asked Questions
  Clinical Information
  "Tick Talk" Video

 

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Or Other Vector-Borne Diseases Contact: 
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