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Research Project: Plant Feeding Mite (Acari) Systematics

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Dermatitis in humans caused by Ornithonyssus bursa (Berlese 1888) (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae) and new records from Brazil

item BASSINI-SILVA, R. - Non ARS Employee
item JACINAVICIUS, F. - Non ARS Employee
item HERNANDES, F. - Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron
item Bauchan, Gary
item DOWLING, A.P. - University Of Arkansas
item BARROS-BATTESTI, D. - Faculdade De Ciências Agrárias E Veterinárias De Jaboticabal-Unesp

Submitted to: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinaria
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/17/2018
Publication Date: 5/1/2019
Citation: Bassini-Silva, R., Jacinavicius, F.C., Hernandes, F.A., Ochoa, R., Bauchan, G.R., Dowling, A.G., Barros-Battesti, D.M. 2019. Dermatitis in humans caused by Ornithonyssus bursa (Berlese 1888) (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae) and new records from Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinaria. 28(1):134-139.

Interpretive Summary: Mesostigmatid mites are associated to many different enviroments. Some of them are able to attack domestic animals and occasionally affect humans. This paper reviews some morphological characters of the tropical fowl mite. This information is usefull for people working with acari, domestic animal & birds, quarantine, agriculture and medical fields.

Technical Abstract: Ornithonyssus bursa, known as the tropical fowl mite, is a hematophagous mite of domestic and wild birds, occasionally biting humans. Infestation in humans occurs mainly when the abandoned nests are close to homes, or by manipulation of infested birds by humans. In Brazil, this species occurs in the south and southeast of the country. In the present study we are reporting bites in humans, new localities records, host associations, and molecular information of O. bursa.