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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 bacteria that causes rat bite fever can directly enter the body through open skin, a bite wound, or mucous membranes such as those found in the nose, eyes, or mouth.
Rat bite fever is an underdiagnosed worldwide zoonosis closely associated with bites of rats or close contact with them.
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To our knowledge, this is the third reported case of discitis associated with rat bite fever. Dubois et al.
Rat bite fever is an acute febrile illness caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis, which colonizes the nasopharynx of a substantial percentage of domestic and wild rats.
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.
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Michael Jenkins, 66, caught an infection called endocarditis - known as rat bite fever - and died two months later.
They not only cause structural damage, but also carry such diseases as the human plague, salmonellosis, rat bite fever, infectious jaundice, murine typhus, and several other pathogens.
Kelly says rats carry many diseases, including Marine typhus fever, leptospirosis, infectious jaundice, rat bite fever, trichinosisand, as mammals, are susceptible to rabies, although rats and other small rodents rarely pass it on and none has been documented in the area.
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All these are responsible in causing and spreading serious diseases such as plague, murine typhus, rickettsial pox, salmonellosis, rat bite fever, leptospirosis, trichinosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, typhoid, dysentery, hog cholera, aspergillosis, encephalitis, pseudo tuberculosis, avian tuberculosis, toxoplasmosis, Japanese encephalitis, filariasis, yellow fever and dengue fever and malaria, among other ailments.
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