Human cases of tularemia are uncommon. Symptoms in humans range from a mild illness to pneumonia, meningitis, and death. Normally an ulcer will form at the site of inoculation, followed by inflammation of the regional lymph nodes. Although tularemia may be a serious human disease, modern antibiotics limit the disease and prevent mortality. The disease is best prevented by avoiding ticks in the spring and summer, as well as not handling rabbits that demonstrate clinical signs of this disease. It is advisable to wear rubber gloves when dressing rabbits. If human infection is suspected, seek medical attention immediately.