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Agent: Tularemia (bacterium)

Most likely means of dissemination: Solid or aerosol

Primary route of entry: Inhalation, absorption, or ingestion

General signs and symptoms: Sudden fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough, progressive weakness, and pneumonia.

The disease is not transmissible through human contact.  When used as a WMD, infection would be acquired by handling infected material, eating or drinking contaminated food or water or by breathing in the bacterium.