Commonly infected wildlife
Is this animal infected?
- Affected animals may outwardly appear in good body condition, yet are sick or near death
- An enlarged liver or spleen is common
- Tiny pale spots and thin white strands of material may be seen on organs
Can I get it?
- Bites or scratches from infected wildlife
- Contact with meat, water, feces, urine or body parts of infected animals
- Breathing in dust from pelts and paws
- Can penetrate intact skin
How bad can it get?
Fever-like symptoms; early treatment reduces severity
Protect myself and others
- Take precautions, avoid tick bites!
- Wear long-sleeved clothing
- Use insect repellents
- Inspect yourself for, and remove, all ticks
- Handle animals found dead near human water sources with caution and report to The North Dakota Game and Fish Department
- When handling, dressing or skinning any wild animal:
- Wear disposable gloves
- Wash hands well afterward
- Cook beaver, hare and rabbit meat before eating it
Symptoms in humans
- Symptoms appear up to 14 days after infection:
- Fever, headache, chills, muscle pain
- Swollen, painful lymph nodes
- Ulcer at site of tick bite or animal contact
- Other symptoms can occur but are rare
- Seek medical attention - CAN BE FATAL
Safe for pets?
Not Raw - Dogs and cats can die from tularemia
What causes it?
- Bacteria called Francisella tularensis