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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Rat-bite fever confirmed in Central Washington

The Associated Press

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

Rat-bite fever is a bacterial disease spread by infected rodents or consumption of contaminated food or water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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.

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

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