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Q: What is the scientific name for rat bite fever?
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How long does Streptobacillary rat-bite fever take to develop?

Streptobacillary rat-bite fever occurs up to 22 days after the initial bite or scratch

What is the treatment for rat bite fever?

penicillin antibiotics

How is rat-bite fever treated?

Shots of procaine penicillin G or penicillin V by mouth are effective against both streptobacillary and spirillary rat-bite fever

What is Rat-Bite fever?

Rat-Bite fever is a rare disease caused by a bacterium called Streptobacillus moniliformis. This bacterium is found worldwide. However, in Asia, the bacterium Spirillum minus also causes Rat-Bite fever. 50-100 % of wild rats carry this disease.

What does Streptobacillus moniliformis cause?

Streptobacillary rat-bite fever

What does Spirillum minus cause?

Spirillary rat-bite fever

Where is streptobacillary rat-bite fever found?

It is found in the United States

Does Spirillary rat-bite fever cause a rash?

Although rash is less common than with streptobacillary rat-bite fever, there may be a lightly rosy, itchy rash all over the body

Who tends to get Rat-bite fever?

Rat-bite fever occurs most often among laboratory workers who handle lab rats in their jobs, and among people who live in poor conditions, with rodent infestation

Is the prognosis good for rat-bite fever?

With treatment, prognosis is excellent for both types of rat-bite fever. Without treatment, the spirillary form usually resolves on its own, although it may take up to a year to do so

What animals spread Rat-bite fever?

Rats, mice, squirrels, weasels, dogs, and cats