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Human case of glandular tularemia likely came from domestic cat

A 68-year-old man who presented to physicians with bulbous, red lesions on his face and neck was diagnosed with glandular tularemia acquired from his outdoor cat, which died two days before the lesions arose, according to a case study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Tularemia is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, and the cat may have picked up the pathogen from consumption of infected prey, later transmitting it to the man when he tried to administer medication.

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