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Water- and airborne Francisella tularensis biovar palaearctica isolated from human blood.

Authors
  • Hoel, T
  • Scheel, O
  • Nordahl, S H
  • Sandvik, T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Infection
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
19
Issue
5
Pages
348–350
Identifiers
PMID: 1800375
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The isolation of Francisella tularensis from human blood is extremely rare in Europe. We here describe two cases of septicemia caused by F. tularensis biovar palaearctica, where the causative bacterium was isolated from blood. One of our patients had ingested contaminated water; the other was probably infected by inhalation of contaminated dust. The isolation of the causative organism was essential for initiating the appropriate antibiotic treatment, which led to a rapid improvement. Since the responsive agent rarely is isolated from tularemia patients, blood cultures should be drawn more often in order to improve the diagnostic procedures.

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