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Trombiculiasis caused by chigger mites Eutrombicula (Acari: Trombiculidae) in Peruvian alpacas
- Gomez-Puerta, Luis A., Olazabal, Juan, Lopez-Urbina, María T., Gonzalez, Armando E.
- Veterinary parasitology 2012 v.190 no.1-2 pp. 294-296
- Eutrombicula, alopecia, alpacas, chiggers, dermatitis, eyes, mite infestations, skin folds
- Trombiculiasis is an infestation caused by larvae members of the family Trombiculidae, common called chigger mites. In this study is presented the first case of trombiculiasis caused by the infestation of chigger mite Eutrombicula in alpacas from Peru. Twenty-two alpacas of a total of 130 animals were infested by Eutrombicula sp. The chigger mite location was only in the face skin folds and around the eyes. In addition, all alpacas infested had alopecia and dermatitis in the infected zone.