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Presence of low levels of Francisella tularensis in the Washington D.C. area, September 30, 2005
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    September 30, 2005, 19:37 EDT (07:37 PM EDT)


    CDC has become aware that from September 24th through September 25th environmental air monitors in SW Washington D.C., more specifically the Capitol Mall area, signaled the low level presence of Francisella tularensis, the bacterium that causes Tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever.”

    At this time, public health agencies have no reports of any related human or animal illnesses. This announcement is a precautionary measure to assure that clinicians are aware of the situation and are able to recognize, test, and report any suspected cases to the appropriate medical and public health authorities.

    This is a national alert because the Capitol Mall area is a highly-trafficked tourist destination, and on Saturday, September 24th, was the site of several very well attended outdoor events.

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