Francisella tularensis (also Pasteurella tularensis) is a Gram-negative, aerobic, rod-shaped bacterium. It belongs to the Francisellaceae family.
The bacterium is the causative agent of tularemia in both animals (especially rodents) and humans. For humans, this disease is often life-threatening (lethality 33 %).
The main transmission path is direct or indirect contact with contaminated persons or objects.
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