WENATCHEE: Rat-bite fever confirmed in Central Washington

December 8, 2012 

Rat-bite fever has been confirmed in a few residents of Chelan and Douglas counties in Central Washington.

The Wenatchee World reported that the Chelan-Douglas Health District issued a news release about the disease Friday. The district also said a Grant County resident may have been exposed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said rat-bite fever is a bacterial disease caused by infected rodents or consumption of contaminated food or water. Symptoms include fever, headache and nausea. Some people develop a rash. Antibiotics treat the illness.

The Associated Press

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