European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 146–150

Isolation ofFrancisella tularensis biovarpalaearctica from human blood

  • A. Tärnvik
  • C. Henning
  • E. Falsen
  • G. Sandström

DOI: 10.1007/BF01963900

Cite this article as:
Tärnvik, A., Henning, C., Falsen, E. et al. Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. (1989) 8: 146. doi:10.1007/BF01963900


Francisella tularensis septicemia has previously been reported in the USA, whereFrancisella tularensis biovartularensis (type A) occurs endemically. The present report describes two cases of septicemia caused by the Euro-AsianFrancisella tularensis biovarpalaearctica (type B). The patients lived in an endemic region of Sweden and presented with high fever and pneumonia. Both patients recovered. The ability ofFrancisella tularensis biovarpalaearctica to cause bacteremia has consequences for laboratory safety.

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© Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Tärnvik
    • 1
  • C. Henning
    • 2
  • E. Falsen
    • 3
  • G. Sandström
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Infectious DiseasesUniversity of UmeåUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Department of Clinical BacteriologyCentral Hospital of SundsvallSundsvallSweden
  3. 3.Department of Clinical Bacteriology, Culture CollectionUniversity of GöteborgGöteborgSweden
  4. 4.Department of Cell- and MicrobiologySwedish Defense Research EstablishmentUmeåSweden