Rat-bite Fever

Foodborne Illness


  • Bites or scratches
  • Handling rodents with disease
  • Consuming food or drink contaminated with the bacteria

Signs and Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Muscle Pain


If you have RBF, your doctor can give you antibiotics that are highly effective at curing the disease. Penicillin is the antibiotic most often used.


RBF is not that common in the United States.

Prevent Rodent Infestation

  • Seal Up!
  • Trap Up!
  • Clean Up!


With prompt treatment, most children with RBF recover completely.