8 September, 2008
Past and Future Newsletters on Tularemia
No bioterrorism events in the USA due to Francisella tularensis, the causative bacterial agent of the disease “tularemia”, have occurred in the 21st century. Fortunately, this absence of disease includes during the incubation period of tularemia following detection of F.tularensis by Biowatch filters in some US cities. For example, public reports (online) of such events have occurred at least one time in the months of September or October in or near Houston (2003), Washington, DC (2005), San Jose (2005), and St. Louis (2006).
During this September and October (2008) this Newsletter and website (www.BePast.org) will increase its information and commentary on tularemia: its history, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. This focus will build on past newsletters on tularemia posted on this site.
example, newsletters posted here have commented on in vitro work co-culturing the protozoan parasite Acanthamoeba with
F. tularensis (14 July 2008), algorithms
to diagnose the index case(s) of tularemia after a bioterrorism event (October
1 and 3, 2005; October 4 and
Daniel R. Lucey, MD
EROne Institutes, Washington Hospital Center
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Georgetown University Medical Center