European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 146-150

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Isolation ofFrancisella tularensis biovarpalaearctica from human blood

  • A. TärnvikAffiliated withDepartment of Infectious Diseases, University of Umeå
  • , C. HenningAffiliated withDepartment of Clinical Bacteriology, Central Hospital of Sundsvall
  • , E. FalsenAffiliated withDepartment of Clinical Bacteriology, Culture Collection, University of Göteborg
  • , G. SandströmAffiliated withDepartment of Cell- and Microbiology, Swedish Defense Research Establishment

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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.