F is for Francisella tularensis
Francisella tularensis is a gram negative bacteria that causes a disease called Tularemia. It is most commonly transmitted by insect bites and handling of sick or dead animals. It can be found in many species, although rabbits and rodents are most common, it can also be found in other mammals, including humans, fish, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. Symptoms can take many forms depending on the route of exposure, although the common variable is a fever of up to 104°F.
Luckily, Tularemia can be treated with medication and generally is not fatal for humans.
Prevention is the key, yet again. Using gloves when handling dead animals, not running over injured or dead animals with a lawn mower, and using insect repellents are all excellent ways to prevent exposure and infection.
Stay safe this summer!