|Haverhill fever||medical dictionary|
<microbiology> 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.
Synonyms: erythema arthriticum epidemicum.
Origin: Haverhill, MA, where an epidemic occurred in 1926
(05 Mar 2000)
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