Can tularemia have any later or lasting effects on the organs (heart, lungs, thyroid, kidneys)?

When treated promptly, tularemia seldom has long-term effects. If it is untreated or if treatment is delayed, the infection may affect any part of the body, causing:

  • Lung problems, such as pneumonia
  • Damage to the cornea of the eye
  • Enlargement of the heart
  • Infection of the spinal fluid or fluid surrounding the brain, such as meningitis
  • Bone infection (osteomyelitis)

If untreated, severe forms of tularemia can be fatal.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How is tularemia treated?

Antibiotics used to treat tularemia include streptomycin, gentamicin, doxycycline, and ciprofloxacin. Treatment usually lasts 10 to 21 days. Although symptoms may last for several weeks, most treated patients make a full recovery. Untreated tularemia infections are fatal in 5-15% of cases.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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