deer fly

noun
any of several tabanid flies of the genus Chrysops, the female of which is a vector of tularemia in deer, livestock, and humans.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism

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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.
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