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Rat-bite Fever

Description
Streptobacillus moniliformis bacteria found on the gums and teeth of rats

Cause
Fever after getting bit by a rat or by drinking milk or ingesting food contaminated by rat excrement

Symptoms
2–10 days after exposure: abrupt onset of chills and fever, vomiting, back and joint pain, headache, muscle pain 2–4 days after onset of fever: a rash on the hands and feet, joints may become swollen, red and painful

Treatment
Seek medical attention from a physician

Prevention
Avoid contact with rats Wear protective gloves and wash hands immediately after handling rats Drink pasteurized milk and water from safe sources



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