One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disease contracted from the bite of a rat which causes inflammation of the skin and fever or vomiting.
This disease can be caused by either of two bacteria, Spirillum minus or Streptobacillus moniliformis
- ‘In January the CDC reported two fatal cases of rat-bite fever and linked the disease Tularemia in hamsters to humans for the first time.’
- ‘In the United States, two people have died of rat-bite fever, which is believed to have come from pet animals.’
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