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