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. Since becoming notifiable in 2012, there have been no domestically acquired cases of Tularemia and one internationally acquired case in 2023.

  • National Notifiable Disease Hub - data dashboards displaying data on trends and key epidemiological features for notifiable infectious diseases reported in Ireland

Last updated: 27 March 2024