Trombiculiasis: an underreported ectoparasitosis in Sicily

Claudia Colomba, Valentina Caputo, Antonio Cascio, Marcello Trizzino, Claudia Colomba, Antonio Cascio, Marcello Trizzino, Santi Fiorella

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Trombiculiasis is a common but underreported ectoparasitosis characterized by an infestation of the skin by the larval stage of various species of mites belonging to the phylum Arthropoda, class Arachnida, subclass Acarina. Clinical manifestations consist of pruritic erythematous and urticarial macules and papules located on covered thin and glabrous skin. In recent studies Neotrombicula autumnalis larvae have been described as the possible vectors of pathogens such as Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Few reports of trombiculosis have been collected in the medical literature to date. We report a typical case of trombiculosis induced by trombiculid larvae of N. autumnalis, which are habitual parasites of various endo- and ectothermic vertebrates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Colomba, C., Caputo, V., Cascio, A., Trizzino, M., Colomba, C., Cascio, A., Trizzino, M., & Fiorella, S. (2018). Trombiculiasis: an underreported ectoparasitosis in Sicily. LE INFEZIONI IN MEDICINA, 26, 77-80.