ratbite fever

ratbite fever
ratbite fever [rat′bīt΄]
n.
an infectious disease that is transmitted by the bite of an infected rat or other animal, characterized by a bluish-red rash, attacks of fever, and muscular pain, and caused by either a spirochete (Spirillum minus) or by a bacillus ( Streptobacillus moniliformis)

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