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Synonyms for horsefly

winged fly parasitic on horses

large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals

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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 bites.
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.