A teenager with fever, rash and arthritis

Albedwawi, Saif; LeBlanc, Claire; Show, Alyson; Slinger, Robert William
August 2006
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/15/2006, Vol. 175 Issue 4, p354
Academic Journal
The article features a clinical report of a teenager suffering with fever, rash, and polyarthritis. The child is said to rear 2 pet rats and does not report a rat bite. His symptoms subsided after administering oral penicillin and naproxen therapy. This case demonstrates that, a rat bite fever can occur in Canada following contact with pet rats, even without a bite. The absence of a bite history may misguide the diagnosis process.


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