Russia: First case of tularemia in 10 years recorded in the Krasnoyarsk Territory

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A resident of the Boguchansky district of the Krasnoyarsk Territory in central Russia was diagnosed with a bacterial infection, tularemia.

Photo/Gorman Lewis, US Fish and Wildlife Service

This is the first time in 10 years that such a diagnosis has been made in the region.

Dmitry Guriev, the district’s chief sanitary doctor, said that the infection occurred “through contact with raw rabbit meat.”

The last case of tularemia in the district was recorded in 2012. Then a 55-year-old resident of the Abansky district fell ill, who was butchering the carcass of a muskrat.

Tularemia is a rare infection caused by bacteria Francisella tularensis It is spread by insect bites, with deer flies and ticks being the primary vectors in New Mexico. It can also be spread through handling infected animal tissue in situations such as hunting, trapping and skinning rabbits or other rodents or while cleaning up rodent carcasses while gardening.

Symptoms of tularemia in people may include sudden fever, chills, headache, diarrhea, muscle aches, and joint pain. Other symptoms may include swollen and painful lymph nodes especially in the anatomical area where the bacteria first entered the body.

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