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Rat-bite fevers 

Rat-bite fevers

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Rat-bite fevers
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David A. Warrell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070631

May 31, 2012: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 25 July 2017

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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