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November 23, 1979

Tularemia Pneumonia in Washington, DCA Report of Three Cases With Possible Common-Source Exposures

Author Affiliations

From the Bacterial Zoonoses Branch, Bacterial Diseases Division, Bureau of Epidemiology (Drs Martone and Kaufmann), and the Medical Entomology Branch, Vector Biology and Control Division, Bureau of Tropical Diseases (Dr Hobbs), Center for Disease Control, Atlanta; the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC (Dr Marshall); and the Communicable Diseases Control Division, District of Columbia Community Health and Hospital Administration, Washington, DC (Dr Levy).

JAMA. 1979;242(21):2315-2317. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300210041020

In June 1978, three cases of tularemia pneumonia occurred in persons residing in the Washington, DC, area. The patients, all men, became ill three to four days after a brief session training their hunting dogs in an undeveloped wooded area adjacent to a housing complex. One of the dogs, which later died, had captured a wild rabbit during the training session. All three men had handled the rabbit while familiarizing their dogs with the rabbit's scent. The men had no other common exposure that was a likely source of infection.

(JAMA 242:2315-2317, 1979)