Tularemia is often referred
to as Deerfly fever or Rabbit fever.
Humans can contract the
disease from direct contact with an infected animal or carcass via
broken skin; from the bite of an infected flea or tick;
or from ingesting infected meat (rare). Endemic
areas (areas where the disorder occurs most commonly) include
North America and parts of Europe and Asia. The illness may
continue for several weeks after the onset of symptoms. Some
people may develop an atypical
pneumonia. Risk factors include recent exposure to rabbits or
bite. The disease is very rare in the United States.