rat-bite fever


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Related to rat-bite fever: leptospirosis, 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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In addition, plague, murine typhus fever, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, trichinosis, food poisoning, rickettsial pox, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, and rabies can be transmitted by rats and mice, while malaria, yellow fever, dengue, mosquito-borne encephalitis, and filariasis can be transmitted by mosquitoes.
Not just a nuisance, these rodents spread Salmonella through their droppings and bring with them other diseases such as murine typhus, infectious jaundice, Weil's Disease and rat-bite fever, not to mention the risk of fires as they chew through wood, drywall and electrical wires.
To the Editor: Rat-bite fever was once considered an infection exclusive to children living in poverty; however, dense urban housing and changing pet-keeping practices may be altering this profile (1,2).