One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A severe infectious bacterial disease of animals transmissible to humans, characterized by ulcers at the site of infection, fever, and loss of weight.Compare with rabbit fever
- ‘The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Category A agents are those that cause diseases considered to pose the greatest risk to national security: anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulism, tularemia and viral hemorrhagic fevers.’
- ‘Tick-borne diseases in the United States include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, babesiosis, Colorado tick fever, and relapsing fever.’
- ‘Finally, with the new risks of bioterrorism, emergency physicians need to lead in the early diagnosis of illnesses such as anthrax, smallpox, plague, tularaemia, and botulism.’
- ‘The minister identified plague, ebola, smallpox, anthrax, tularaemia and botulism as the main biological threats.’
- ‘Other infectious diseases that pose a threat include plague, tularemia, botulism and tuberculosis.’
1920s: modern Latin, from Tulare, the county in California where it was first observed.
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