Rat bite fever in a pet lover

B. B. Cunningham, A. S. Paller*, B. Z. Katz

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Rat bite fever is an uncommon bacterial illness resulting from infection with Streptobacillus moniliformis that is often transmitted by the bite of a rat. The cutaneous findings in rat bite fever are nonspecific but have been described as maculopapular or petechial. We describe a 9-year-old girl with acrally distributed hemorrhagic pustules, fever, and arthralgias. Diagnosis was delayed because of difficulty in identifying the pathologic organism. She was successfully treated with 10 days of ceftriaxone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-332
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number2 II
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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