Case of Rat Bite Fever Reminds Us That Even Pet Rats Carry Loads of Diseases

November 22, 2019

This is the 1,001 reason why you shouldn’t feel too comfortable with mice: even the cutest of them is still a potential vector.

This is an example of a recently reported woman who developed a “rat bite fever” after being bitten by a pet rat, a potentially fatal disease.

The report, published today (October 30) in the New England Daily, said that the 36-year-old woman living in France went to the hospital because of fever, joint and muscle aches and headaches. medicine. The doctor also pointed out that the woman had a small red rash on her hands and feet, and her ankles, knees and wrists were swollen.

The woman told the doctor that she was bitten by a pet mouse ten days ago. At that time, the doctor began to prescribe antibiotics for her, suspecting she was infected from rodents.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doctors diagnosed the woman suffering from rat bite fever, a relatively rare disease that can be transmitted by biting or scratching from a rat. About three-quarters of mice with bites will develop a rash, and about half of them will have joint pain and swelling.

The disease can cause serious complications, including abscesses in the body and infections in the liver, kidneys, lungs, brain and heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that about one in 10 people died of the disease due to Candida infection.

However, as long as treatment is timely, most people can recover from the disease. According to the report, in the case of this woman, after about a week of antibiotic treatment, her symptoms disappeared. The author wrote that when the doctor examined her at a follow-up three months later, she remained healthy.

To avoid infection with pet rodents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wash their hands immediately after contact, feeding or caring for a rodent or cleaning the cage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warned people not to kiss, bite or stick pet rodents on their faces, as this would shock the rodents and increase the chance of being bitten.

The agency says that you should also let your doctor know if you are near a pet rodent, especially if you are sick or bitten.

Because rodents transmit diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend pregnant women, and families with children younger than 5 years or younger people with weaker immune systems use pet rodents. These people are at higher risk of developing rodent diseases.