Rabbits, muskrats, beavers, any mammal.
Affected animals may appear in good body condition, yet be sick or near death.
An enlarged liver or spleen is common.
Tiny pale spots may be seen on the liver.
Yes, from multiple pathways: bites from infected ticks or biting flies; bites or scratches from infected wildlife; contact of eyes, nose, mouth, or open wound with meat, water, feces, urine, or body parts of infected animals; ingestion of meat from infected animals that has not been cooked thoroughly; drinking water contaminated by an infectious animal; or breathing in dust from contaminated pelts and soil.
Tularemia can be fatal; early treatment reduces severity.
No. Tularemia can be fatal to pets. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has been infected. Effective antibiotic treatment is available.
Bacterium called Francisella tularensis.