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deer fly

any of several tabanid flies of the genus Chrysops, the female of which is a vector of tularemia in deer, livestock, and humans.
Origin of deer fly
1850-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Tularemia, or rabbit fever or deer fly fever is a bacterial infection that is highly infectious but not contagious.
  • Tularemia is spread by many types of ticks and deer fly bites, as well as by rabbits and rodents.
  • Fencing animals away from wooded areas and providing artificial shade can help reduce horse and deer fly attacks.

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