|Document ID (ISN)||103195|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Shvartsblat S., Kochie M., Harber P., Howard J.
||Fatal rat bite fever in a pet shop employee
||Apr. 2004, Vol.45, No.4, p.357-360. 5 ref.
||Rat bite fever is a zoonotic disease that has been described in laboratory personnel as well as the general population. A 24-year-old male pet shop employee contracted the disease through a minor superficial finger wound during a contact with a contaminated rat cage. The disease progressed from a flu-like illness to endocarditis involving first the aortic valve and then the mitral valve and septum. Despite aggressive therapy including two surgical procedures, the patient died from sepsis and multi-organ system failure 59 days after initial injury. This is the first reported case of rat-bite fever in a pet shop work setting. Zoonotic infections may present a significant hazard to workers handling animals. Education on hazards of animal contact and other preventive measures are needed in small business such as pet shops.
||occupational accidents; small enterprises; handling of animals; pet shops; fatalities; rat-bite fever
||influenza; case study; heart valve diseases; symptoms; zoonoses
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Bacterial and parasitic diseases