from rabbits to humans: the contributions of dr. theodore e. woodward to tularemia research.tularemia is an endemic zoonotic infection caused by francisella tularensis, which primarily causes infection in humans who have handled contaminated animal tissue or have been bitten by infected arthropods. because of its ease of dispersion and transmission and its high degree of infectivity, f. tularensis is also considered to be a bioterrorism agent. consequently, there is renewed interest in the development of safe, effective measures, such as vaccines, to prevent the morbidity and mortality ...200717582573
characterization of a wild-type strain of francisella tularensis isolated from a cat.francisella tularensis type a is the primary cause of tularemia in animals and humans in north america. the majority of research on f. tularensis has been done with the attenuated live vaccine strain (lvs), which is a type b, but very few wild-type f. tularensis strains have been characterized. a gram-negative coccobacillus that was isolated in pure culture from the lungs of a cat that died after being lost for 5 days was received for identification at the virginia-maryland regional college of v ...200415460318
risk of lyme disease: perceptions of residents of a lone star tick-infested community.lone star ticks (amblyomma americanum) have been suggested as a vector of the agent of lyme disease (borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato) in the usa, based on associations with an infection manifesting mainly as erythema migrans. in laboratory experiments, however, they failed to transmit b. burgdorferi sensu stricto.200111693973
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