Thick, gram-negative, coiled, spiral rod.
Bit by an Asian rat.
One of the two causes of Rat Bite Fever.
The bite heals then 1 to 4 weeks later becomes painful, swollen, and purple then progresses to ulceration and eschar; it is associated with regional lymphangitis and lymphadenitis. Then fever, chills, headache, and malaise. There is a rash and a relapsing fever lasting 3 to 4 days with afebrile periods of 3 to 9 days. It can cause a variety of focal infections.
2 weeks of iv penicillin.
ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)
Spirillum minor 026.0.