Rat-bite fever (RBF) is an infectious disease caused by two different bacterias: the Streptobacillus moniliformis and the Spirillum minus. These are not talked about often, so Progressive Urgent Care – Sebastopol has decided to shed some light on these diseases.
It is transmitted through contact with rodents that carry the bacteria. This can be from scratches, bites, touching surfaces contaminated with the bacteria, or ingesting food or drinks that may have dropping or urine of rodents carrying the bacteria. Note that RBF is not spread from person to person.
If left untreated, RBF can lead to needing urgent care services or even death.
Signs and Symptoms
There have been a few patients who drop by our walk in clinic in California to get rodent bites checked out. Rodent bites are common, and people may think that these minor wounds aren’t so dangerous. But that’s not necessarily true as symptoms of RBF manifest 3 to 10 days after contact with the bacteria, and can be delayed up to 3 weeks.
Here are the signs and symptoms you should look out for:
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain and swelling