Haverhill fever


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Haverhill fever

 [ha´ver-il]
an acute form of rat-bite fever caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis and transmitted by the bite of an infected rat. Characteristics include an erythematous eruption and more or less generalized arthritis, with adenitis, headache, and vomiting. It was first described in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1926.

Ha·ver·hill fe·ver

an infection by Streptobacillus moniliformis marked by initial chills and high fever (gradually subsiding), by arthritis usually in the larger joints and spine, and by a rash occurring chiefly over the joints and on the extensor surfaces of the extremities; "Haverhill fever" is used to indicate S. moniliformis infections not associated with rat bite but resulting from contaminated food or water.
[Haverhill, MA, where an epidemic occurred in 1926]

Ha·ver·hill fe·ver

(hav'ĕr-hil fē'ver)
An infection by Streptobacillus moniliformis, usually due to a rat bite, marked by initial chills and high fever (gradually subsiding), by arthritis usually in the larger joints and spine, and by a rash occurring chiefly over the joints and on the extensor surfaces of the extremities.
Synonym(s): erythema arthriticum epidemicum.
[Haverhill, MA, where an epidemic occurred in 1926]

Haverhill fever

An epidemic of RAT-BITE FEVER caused, not by rat bites, but by contamination of milk with the causal organism, Streptobacillus moniliformis . Haverhill is a township in Massachusetts where the first outbreak was recognized in 1926.