Rat-bite fevers

David A. Warrell

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Rat-bite fevers

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Rat-bite fever is usually attributable to Streptobacillus moniliformis in the Americas, Europe, and Australia; in Asia, Spirillum minus is the commoner cause. Bites are increasingly common among child pet owners and pet-shop and laboratory workers. Both bacteria are commensals of rodents and their predators. After an incubation period less than 1 week, ...

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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