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11 October 2021 Natural Infection of a European Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) with Francisella tularensis subsp. Holarctica
Simone R. R. Pisano, Sonja Kittl, Ulrike Eulenberger, Joerg Jores, Francesco C. Origgi
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Postmortem examination and immunohistochemical and bacteriologic analyses on a free-ranging European red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) revealed a systemic infection with Francisella tularensis. Genome sequencing and single-nucleotide polymorphism analysis were consistent with F. tularensis subs. holarctica clade B.45. Tularemia has not previously been reported in this species.

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Simone R. R. Pisano, Sonja Kittl, Ulrike Eulenberger, Joerg Jores, and Francesco C. Origgi "Natural Infection of a European Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) with Francisella tularensis subsp. Holarctica," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 57(4), 970-973, (11 October 2021). https://doi.org/10.7589/JWD-D-20-00182
Received: 26 October 2020; Accepted: 14 April 2021; Published: 11 October 2021
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