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Tularemia Pneumonia in Washington, DC A Report of Three Cases With Possible Common-Source Exposures

William J. Martone, MD; Lewis W. Marshall, MD; Arnold F. Kaufmann, DVM; Jesse H. Hobbs, ScD; Martin E. Levy, MD, MPH
JAMA. 1979;242(21):2315-2317. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300210041020.
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In June 1978, three cases of tularemia pneumonia occurred in persons residing in the Washington, DC, area. The patients, all men, became ill three to four days after a brief session training their hunting dogs in an undeveloped wooded area adjacent to a housing complex. One of the dogs, which later died, had captured a wild rabbit during the training session. All three men had handled the rabbit while familiarizing their dogs with the rabbit's scent. The men had no other common exposure that was a likely source of infection.

(JAMA 242:2315-2317, 1979)


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