Rat-bite fever confirmed in central Washington

  • Fri Dec 7th, 2012 4:02pm
  • News

Associated Press

WENATCHEE — Rat-bite fever has been confirmed in a few residents of Chelan and Douglas counties in central Washington.

The Wenatchee World reports the Chelan-Douglas Health District issued a news release about the disease Friday. The district also says a Grant County resident may have been exposed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Rat-bite fever is an bacterial disease caused by infected rodents or consumption of contaminated food or water.

Symptoms include fever, headache and nausea. Some people develop a rash on their hands and feet. The illness is treated with antibiotics.