Rat-bite Fever

  • Streptobacillus moniliformis bacteria found on the gums and teeth of rats
  • Fever after getting bit by a rat or by
  • Drinking milk or ingesting food contaminated by rat excrement
  • 2–10 days after exposure: abrupt onset of chills and fever, vomiting, back and joint pain, headache, muscle pain
  • 2–4 days after onset of fever: a rash on the hands and feet, joints may become swollen, red and painful
  • Seek medical attention from a physician
  • Avoid contact with rats
  • Wear protective gloves and wash hands immediately after handling rats
  • Drink pasteurized milk and water from safe sources