rat-bite fever

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Related to Rat-bite fevers: Q fever, Streptobacillary Fever

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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Laboratory personnel must be notified when rat-bite fever is suspected because S.
Optimal treatment for rat-bite fever is penicillin G given intravenously for 7 to 10 days, followed by penicillin V taken orally for 7 days.
Although rat-bite fever is uncommon, it is increasingly seen as a result of changing patterns of urban living and pet-keeping practices.