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N Z Med J. 2007 May 18;120(1254):U2545.

Rat-bite fever: a cautionary tale.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton.


We present the first ever report of streptobacillary rat-bite fever in New Zealand. The patient was a young man who was admitted with systemic sepsis. He presented with a high fever, hypotension, and tender axillary lymphadenopathy. He had been bitten by a rat a week earlier. Blood cultures grew Streptobacillus moniliformis, thus confirming the diagnosis. The literature on rat-bite fever is also reviewed.

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