Definition of rat-bite fever in English:

rat-bite fever

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  • A disease contracted from the bite of a rat which causes inflammation of the skin and fever or vomiting.
    • This disease can be caused by either the bacterium Spirillum minus or the fungus Streptobacillus moniliformis
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    • In January the CDC reported two fatal cases of rat-bite fever and linked the disease Tularemia in hamsters to humans for the first time.
    • In the United States, two people have died of rat-bite fever, which is believed to have come from pet animals.

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