[Tularemia after tick bite in Vestfold]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1998 Mar 20;118(8):1191-3.
[Article in Norwegian]


Direct contact with rodents or their faeces is a well-known risk factor for contracting tularaemia in Norway. Both insects and ticks can act as vectors of tularaemia, but transmission by this route has not previously been described in this country. We report three cases of serologically confirmed ulceroglandular tularaemia on a small island in Southern Norway, an area in which tularaemia has not previously been known to occur. Tick bites preceded infection in two of the patients. The third patient may also have become infected through a tick or insect bite. Diagnosis was made late in all cases, causing a delay in appropriate treatment. Two of the patients were successfully treated with ciprofloxacin. Our experience and previous reports suggest that quinolones should be considered as the first choice of drugs in the treatment of tularaemia in Norway.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Norway
  • Tick-Borne Diseases / drug therapy
  • Tick-Borne Diseases / pathology
  • Tick-Borne Diseases / transmission*
  • Tularemia / drug therapy
  • Tularemia / pathology
  • Tularemia / transmission*