Tularemia is a potentially serious illness caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. Human infection can occur through bites of infected insects (ticks, mosquitoes and flies). Less commonly, inhaling contaminated dust or ingesting contaminated food or water can also produce clinical disease.

Tularemia is a notifiable disease in Ireland. No cases of tularemia have been notified in Ireland since it became notifiable in 2012.

Last updated: 01/11/2023