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Other bacterial diseasesRat-bite fevers

Roland L. Salmon

in Oxford Textbook of Zoonoses

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198570028
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199697823 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198570028.003.0022

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Other bacterial diseasesRat-bite fevers

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Infection with Streptobacillus moniliformis, gives rise to Rat-Bite fever also known as Streptobacillary Fever, and, when epidemic Epidemic Arthritic Erythema (Haverhill Fever). It occurs worldwide. Only three outbreaks have been described. It is either caused by the bite of, or similar close contact with, a rat or other infected rodent, or, when epidemic, by the ingestion of water or milk contaminated by rats. Control requires limiting human contact with rats, traditionally by prevention of rat infestation although, of recent years, in developed countries, the keeping of rats as pets has played an important role.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Infectious Diseases ; Epidemiology

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