Haverhill fever

Ha·​ver·​hill fever | \ ˈhāv(ə)rə̇l- \

Definition of Haverhill fever

: rat-bite fever not always contracted from the bite of a rat but sometimes from contaminated food

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History and Etymology for Haverhill fever

from Haverhill, Massachusetts, where the disease appeared in epidemic proportions in 1926

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“Haverhill fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Haverhill%20fever. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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