There are several ways people can get RBF. The most common include:
- Bites or scratches from infected rodents (such as rats, mice, and gerbils).
- Handling rodents with the disease (even without a bite or scratch).
- Consuming food or drink contaminated with the bacteria.
RBF is not spread from one person to another.
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