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a relapsing type of infection due to Spirillum minus, an organism transmitted by the bite of an infected rat; a form of rat-bite fever.
a single designation for two bacterial diseases associated with rat bites, one caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis (for example, Haverhill fever), the other by Spirillum minus (also called S. minor) (for example, sodoku); both diseases are characterized by relapsing fever, chills, headache, arthralgia, lymphadenopathy, and a maculopapular rash on the extremities.
sodoku/so·do·ku/ (so´do-koo) the spirillary form of rat-bite fever, caused by Spirillum minus.
See rat-bite fever.
Management Penicillin, tetracycline
a relapsing type of infection in humans, dogs and cats due to Spirillum minus, an organism transmitted by the bite of an infected rat.