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    Apparent Case of Tularemia Sparks Discussion
    Julia Wells
    Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:03pm

    The recent death of a Martha?s Vineyard seasonal resident with an apparent case of tularemia has sparked renewed discussion on the Island about the ongoing need for public education around tick-borne illnesses.

    Maria Danielson told the Gazette in an email that her father Davio Danielson died last week at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, and that tularemia was confirmed as the cause. Mr. Danielson fell ill after he had been cutting brush on his Oak Bluffs property, his daughter said. He did not seek medical treatment on the Island and went back to western Massachusetts, where he sought treatment when his symptoms grew worse, she said...

    ...Public health officials on the Vineyard said the recent case should not be cause for alarm but rather an opportunity to raise awareness about prevention, diagnosis and early treatment, especially as tick-borne illnesses become more prevalent...

    ...Dr. Telford said between three and 15 cases of tularemia have been documented on the Vineyard every year going back to 1999...