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Vet. Res.
Volume 40, Number 2, March-April 2009
Adaptative strategies of vector-borne pathogens to vectorial transmission
Number of page(s) 9
Published online 28 October 2008
How to cite this article Vet. Res. (2009) 40:07
How to cite this article: Vet. Res. (2009) 40:07
DOI: 10.1051/vetres:2008045


Francisella tularensis: an arthropod-borne pathogen

Jeannine M. Petersen, Paul S. Mead and Martin E. Schriefer

Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Disease, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3150 Rampart Road, Ft. Collins, CO 80521, USA

Received 8 July 2008; accepted 22 October 2008; published online 28 October 2008

Abstract - Arthropod transmission of tularemia occurs throughout the northern hemisphere. Few pathogens show the adaptability of Francisella tularensis to such a wide array of arthropod vectors. Nonetheless, arthropod transmission of F. tularensis was last actively investigated in the first half of the 20th century. This review will focus on arthropod transmission to humans with respect to vector species, modes of transmission, geographic differences and F. tularensis subspecies and clades.

Key words: Francisella tularensis / tularemia / arthropod / transmission

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