Tularemia is a classic zoonosis, capable of being transmitted by aerosol droplets, direct contact, ingestion, or through bites of arthropods — primarily ticks - Dr. Ron Clarke


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The Cold War race to use diseases as weapons is driving much of the action this season on FX’s The Americans, the critically acclaimed television drama in which two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. The protagonists pick up a most important package from another Russian secret agent working at the CDC: a jar containing a dead rat infected with tularemia. The Soviets are anxious to get the rodent back to the motherland to add to their arsenal.

Tularemia’s relative obscurity left this ardent viewer with a lot of questions about possible plot holes and the history of the disease. As luck would have it, one of the world’s foremost tularemia…

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