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December 11, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(24):2001. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680240045019

The rapidly growing evidence of the unexpectedly widespread occurrence of tularemia infection with Bacterium tularense has been stressed on several recent occasions in The Journal.5 The United States Public Health Service has regarded the malady of sufficient moment to maintain a tularemia laboratory, located at Hamilton, Mont. The disease has been spread insidiously. In nature it occurs as a fatal bacteremia of various rodents, especially rabbits. It is transmissible to man as an accidental infection by the bite of an infected blood-sucking insect or tick, or by the lodgment on his hands of the blood or internal organs of an infected rodent, as in the case of marketmen, cooks, hunters or laboratory workers.

Francis 6 of the United States Public Health Service, himself a pioneer in the investigation of tularemia, has pointed out that it is the only disease of man that has been elucidated from beginning to end