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rat-bite fever

(răt′bīt′)
n.
Either of two infectious diseases contractible from the bite of small rodents, especially rats, specifically:
a. A disease caused by the bacterium Streptobacillus moniliformis and characterized by skin inflammation, back and joint pains, headache, and vomiting.
b. A disease caused by the bacterium Spirillum minus and characterized by ulceration at the site of the bite, rash, and recurrent fever. In this subsense also called sodoku.
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The roll call of diseases is no trifling matter: plague, murine typhus, Rickettsial pox, salmonellosis, rat bite fever, leptosporesis, trichinosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, typhoid, dysentery, hog cholera, aspergillosis, encephalitis, pseudo tuberculosis, avian tuberculosis, toxoplasmosis, Japanese encephalitis, filariasis, yellow fever and dengue fever, malaria, etc.
The rise of the rat is being put down to people throwing away fast food and not disposing of rubbish properly, and council officials warn of increases in cases of potentially fatal diseases including salmonella and rat bite fever.
They carry fleas and ticks that could be carriers of diseases like rat bite fever, salmonella, trichinosis, murine typhus, the plague, and leptospirosis.