Francisella tularensis

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Francisella tularensis
Francisella tularensis 01.jpg
F. tularensis colonies on an agar plate.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gamma Proteobacteria
Order: Thiotrichales
Family: Francisellaceae
Genus: Francisella
Species: F. tularensis
Binomial name
Francisella tularensis
(McCoy and Chapin 1912)
Dorofe'ev 1947

Francisella tularnsis is the bacterium causing the serious zoonotic disease tularemia. The bacterium is gram-negative, and the causative agent of tularemia or rabbit fever. Due to its ease of spread by aerosol and its high virulence it is classed as a potential bioterrorism agent.