tularemia on Martha's Vineyard

From:Manuel J Jayo <jayopai@mindspring.com> (by way of histonet)


You may remember my "preaching" and concerns about trying to obtain "fresh"
tissues from carcasses regardless of origin ("roadkill"). Yesterday, the
enclosed news report appeared as prove of further warnings.
Manuel J. Jayo DVM, PhD, DACVP
Senior Pathologist
Pathology Associates International
119 Highway 801 South
Suite A-300
Advance, NC 27006
336.998-3021 (fax)

Friday September 1 3:54 PM ET
Rare Disease Hits Martha's Vineyard
WEST TISBURY, Mass. (AP) - Health officials are investigating a cluster of
cases of the rare disease tularemia on Martha's Vineyard, the island off
Massachusetts known as a vacation haven for President Clinton and other
At least 10 residents have been infected with the disease and one of them
recently died. Normally, the state only sees one or two cases a year.
There are only about 100 cases per year nationwide, usually less than 2
percent of which are fatal, said Dr. May Chu of the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, which is investigating the Massachusetts
cases. The disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics.
Tularemia is a bacterial disease usually contracted by a dog tick bite or by
touching or eating an infected animal. Rabbits and rodents are the animals
most likely to be infected.
The disease, known as ``rabbit fever,'' also can be transmitted by contact
with water or soil that has been contaminated by an infected animal or by
inhalation of contaminated particles. State health officials have warned
people who work in outdoor occupations that they may be at increased risk.
David Kurth, 43, of the town of Chilmark, died of the disease on Saturday.
The disease typically has a sudden onset, usually with a high fever, chills,
headache and fatigue. Other symptoms can include swollen glands, a skin
sore, cough, sore joints, chest discomfort, vomiting, eye inflammation,
abdominal pain, diarrhea and a dry cough.

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