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Maine Man Settles Lawsuit With Petco Over Rat-Bite Fever

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man is settling a lawsuit he filed against pet supply chain Petco over a case of rat-bite fever.

The Portland Press Herald reports a Petco spokesman confirmed there was a settlement but said the terms were confidential.

Dominic Profenno Jr. sued the chain in April after saying he was twice bitten by a rat he bought at Petco's South Portland location. He says he contracted rat-bite fever, a rare disease, and was hospitalized for more than a month.

Profenno said he bought the rat to feed his son's pet boa constrictor. The snake ate the rat and was not harmed.