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April 6, 1929

TULAREMIA FROM THE MUSKRAT

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Butte, Mont.

JAMA. 1929;92(14):1180-1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.92700400001012a

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Abstract

The occurrence of tularemia in man is rapidly assuming more importance in the field of medicine. The increasing and widespread incidence of tularemia in the animal kingdom and the discovery of new sources of infection adds further interest to this disease.

The cases of ulceroglandular tularemia reported here reveal a new source of infection: both are directly attributable to the muskrat, having resulted from the skinning of a muskrat to obtain the pelt.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.  —A. K., aged 29, a Japanese section laborer who had lived in the United States for the past ten years and who had not had any previous illness, on Oct. 28, 1928, while camping near Deer Lodge, Mont., caught a muskrat in a pond along the railroad and with his companion skinned the muskrat to obtain the pelt. November 1, forty-eight hours later, he noticed a red streak on his left

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