rat-bite fever

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rat-bite fever

[′rat ‚bīt ‚fē·vər]
(medicine)
Either of two diseases transmitted by the bite of a rat: spirillary rat-bite fever and streptobacillary fever.
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The Libyans fear outbreaks of diseases such as salmonella, meningitis and rat bite fever.
The former pariah state turned to Rentokil over fears that infestations in the country's major cities could expose the population to diseases such as salmonella typherium, eosinophilic meningitis and rat bite fever.
Michael Jenkins, 66, caught an infection called endocarditis - known as rat bite fever - and died two months later.