7) A decade later, while investigating an outbreak of deerfly
fever in Utah, Dr.
Tularemia (also known as rabbit or deerfly
fever) is an acquired bacterial illness that is typically transmitted to humans after skin or mucous membrane exposure to infected animals including rabbits, muskrats, beavers, hares, voles, and various hard ticks.
Humans can contract the potentially life-threatening disease, commonly known as rabbit fever or deerfly
fever, by coming into contact with infected animal tissue or from tick, mosquito and deerfly
So that the deerfly
can sip its meal at leisure (or until a hand slaps it away), the insect's spit contains a potent compound that helps keep the blood flowing, says Ethan A.