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2022 Aug 17

J Med Case Rep



Ulceroglandular form of tularemia after squirrel bite: a case report.


Borgschulte H S, Jacob D, Zeeh J, Scholz HC, Heuner K
J Med Case Rep. 2022 Aug 17; 16(1):309.
PMID: 35974355.


The diagnosis of tularemia is not often considered in Germany as the disease is still rare in this country. Nonetheless, Francisella tularensis, the causative agent of tularemia, can infect numerous animal species and should, therefore, not be neglected as a dangerous pathogen. Tularemia can lead to massively swollen lymph nodes and might even be fatal without antibiotic treatment. To our knowledge, the case described here is the first report of the disease caused by a squirrel bite in Germany.