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rat-bite fever


Definition: a single designation for two bacterial diseases associated with rat bites, one caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis (Haverhill fever), the other by Spirillum minus (also called S. minor) (sodoku); both diseases are characterized by relapsing fever, chills, headache, arthralgia, lymphadenopathy, and a maculopapular rash on the extremities.

Synonym(s): rat-bite disease, sodoku, sokosho

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