Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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Parasitismo do ácaro Ornithonyssus bursa em humanos no Sul do Brasil

Belmonte Oliveira, CamilaAlberto Tonin, AlexandreGonzalez Monteiro, Silvia

Background: The mite Ornithonyssus bursa is a bloodsucking parasite of domestic and wild birds and it is typical of tropical regions. On the host it can cause considerable loss of blood and lesions with intense itching. Cases of parasitism in human beings have been reported causing dermatitis, and most of these cases are due to the presence of nests of synanthropic birds near of the residences. When in large infestations or lack of hosts, the mites leave the nests to perform the parasitism in humans. Human infestation occurs mainly in people who handle infected birds and nests, or when happen the dispersion of these mites, through some path which lead to the interior of homes, factories and hospitals.Case: The present case occurred in November of 2008, when one of the dwellers of an apartment on the fourth floor of a building downtown in Santa Maria, woke up with pruritic lesions over the arms and legs. Upon inspection of the bedroom, several mites were seen, measuring almost a millimeter long, coming out of a pipe of a portable air conditioner installed on site. They were already scattered by the inside walls, floor and bed. The mites were collected and maintained in 70% alcohol for later identification. After the clarification the slides mounting were performed, and the mites with measure between 0.48 mm wide by 0.74 mm long were classified by the position of the anal opening

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