Rat-bite fever, or sodoku, is now a widely known disease. In most cases the disease is caused by the bite of rats and only rarely by the bite of other animals, such as dogs, cats or ferrets. In 1932 in Germany Jungbluth1 reported that a boy, aged 9 years, who had been bitten by a field mouse, developed a disease which clinically resembled rat-bite fever. The demonstration of spirilla was not possible. Brüning2 included this case in a compilation of sixty-five cases of sodoku in children as the only one in which the patient was not bitten by a rat. In 1932 also, Jenkinson and Jordan3 published a report from North America of the development of rat-bite fever in a man, aged 56, who was bitten by a wild mouse; the diagnosis could be made only by clinical evidence; all efforts to demonstrate the causative organism failed.
Reitzel RJ, Haim A, Prindle K. RAT-BITE FEVER FROM FIELD MOUSE. JAMA. 1936;106(13):1090–1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770130001013
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