Francisella tularensis: an arthropod-borne pathogen

Vet Res. 2009 Mar-Apr;40(2):7. doi: 10.1051/vetres:2008045. Epub 2008 Oct 28.


Arthropod transmission of tularemia occurs throughout the northern hemisphere. Few pathogens show the adaptability of Francisella tularensis to such a wide array of arthropod vectors. Nonetheless, arthropod transmission of F. tularensis was last actively investigated in the first half of the 20th century. This review will focus on arthropod transmission to humans with respect to vector species, modes of transmission, geographic differences and F. tularensis subspecies and clades.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arthropod Vectors / microbiology*
  • Arthropods / microbiology*
  • Francisella tularensis / physiology*
  • Tularemia / epidemiology
  • Tularemia / transmission*
  • United States / epidemiology