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Rat-bite fevers 

Rat-bite fevers
Rat-bite fevers

David A. Warrell


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

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date: 19 September 2021

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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