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see horseflyhorsefly,
common name for the large hairy flies of the family Tabanidae. Male horseflies feed on pollen and nectar, but the females suck blood as well and are common pests of animals and sometimes of humans. The bites of many species are very painful. The larger horseflies, e.g.
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Its ability to infect whole populations was seen during outbreaks of waterborne disease in Europe and the Soviet Union in the 1930s and 1940s and in outbreaks associated with deerfly bites in the United States in 1919, 1936, 1937, and 1973.
Tularemia (also known as rabbit or deerfly fever) is an acquired bacterial illness that is typically transmitted to humans after skin or mucous membrane exposure to infected animals including rabbits, muskrats, beavers, hares, voles, and various hard ticks.