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Haverhill fever

 

Definition: an infection by Streptobacillus moniliformis marked by initial chills and high fever (gradually subsiding), by arthritis usually in the larger joints and spine, and by a rash occurring chiefly over the joints and on the extensor surfaces of the extremities; “Haverhill fever” is used to indicate S. moniliformis infections not associated with rat bite but resulting from contaminated food or water.

Synonym(s): erythema arthriticum epidemicum

[Haverhill, MA, where an epidemic occurred in 1926]

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