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Species/Subspecies: Francisella tularensis subsp. tularensis
Categories: Zoonotic; notifiable diseases and bacteria
Etymology: Genus name: named after the American bacteriologist Edward Francis, who has studied tularemia.
Species epithet: refers to Tulare county in California, where the disease was first described in rodents in year 1912.
Subspecies epithet: see Species epithet.
Significance:F. tularensis subsp. tularensis can only be found in North America.
  [Very important]   
Old Species Name(s):Yersinia tularensis
Taxonomy:
Phylum
Proteobacteria
Class
Gammaproteobacteria
Order
Thiotrichales
Family
Francisellaceae 
Genus
Francisella
Type Strain: B-38 = ATCC 6223.
Macromorphology (smell):
Micromorphology: Coccoid or short nonmotile rods.
Gram +/Gram -:G-
Metabolism: Strikt aerob
Catalase/Oxidase:+/-
Other Enzymes: Tryptophanase - (= indole-), urease -.
Fermentation of carbohydrates: Glucose +
Spec. Char.: Optimal growth temperature: 37°C. Facultatively intracellular. May penetrate intact skin.
Vector: Mosquitoes and ticks.
Disease:Tularemia (rabbit fever), which is a zoonosis.
Hosts: Humans etc.
Clinical Picture:
Virulence Factors: The capsule can be a virulence factor.
Genome Sequence:
Acc-noStrainSize (bp)Genome
NC_006570 Schu S4 1 892 819 1c + 0 

16S rRNA Seq.:
Acc-noStrainNumber of NTOperon
Z21931 ATCC 6223T 1 521 

Taxonomy/phylogeny:
 
Six species have been described within genus Francisella and this genus is related to Coxiella spp. and Legionella spp.
Legislation: Tularemia is notifyable in Sweden. Francisella tularensis belongs to category A as a potential bioterrorism agent according to NIAID.
Comment:F. tularensis subsp. tularensis is the most virulent subspecies.
Reference(s): No. 25
Updated:2020-10-28

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