Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Tularemia is a very rare yet potentially fatal bacterial disease transmitted to humans by the America Dog Tick, the Brown Dog Tick, the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick, and Lone Star Ticks; by deer fly bites; through contaminated water; and, by handling infected animals (rabbits, rodents, muskrats, and beaver).
NOTE: Lone Star Tick-borne diseases are discussed in the April 12, 2013 blog.
- Streptomycin (drug of choice; in hospital IV administration only), gentamicin, doxycycline, and ciprofloxacin. 10 to 21 days course depending on the stage of illness and the type of antibiotic used.