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Med Clin North Am. 2002 Mar;86(2):393-416.

Tularemia and Q fever.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


The zoonotic infections caused by Francisella tularensis and Coxiella burnetii, tularemia and Q fever, respectively, are two less commonly encountered clinical illnesses that are becoming increasingly recognized as epidemiologically important human diseases. The prevalence of tularemia and Q fever can be positively impacted by increased awareness of the clinical entities that arise from infection by these arthropod-borne organisms. Improved recognition of these clinical syndromes will lead to greater diagnostic accuracy in recognizing these diseases in patients. Ultimately, more stringent measures to prevent infection may be required, through raising public awareness, since current therapeutic regimens for these two diseases are limited, and knowledge of the pathogenesis of these two organisms are still in developing stages.

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