Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Summary and Conclusions

  • 1.  Once a body louse, , became infected with , both the louse and its feces harbored the tularemia organism for varying periods ranging up to 53 days, depending upon the environmental conditions.
  • 2.  Temperature was the greatest single contributing factor to longevity of the organism in the louse or louse feces, with lower temperature causing greater survival.
  • 3.  Humidity showed a tendency toward playing a significant part in survival, especially at higher temperatures; the lower the humidity, the longer was the survival.
  • 4.  No statistically significant difference was noted concerning longevity of and the louse substrate. Louse feces, however, at low humidity, gave remarkable survival.


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