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J Med Entomol. 2015 Mar;52(2):117-9. doi: 10.1093/jme/tju060. Epub 2015 Feb 5.

Successful Feeding of Amblyomma coelebs (Acari: Ixodidae) Nymphs on Humans in Brazil: Skin Reactions to Parasitism.

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1
Laboratório de Biologia Molecular, Embrapa Gado de Corte, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil.
2
Programa de Pós-graduação em Doenças Infecciosas e Parasitárias, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil.
3
Departamento de Patologia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, MG, Brasil.
4
Laboratório de Biologia Molecular, Embrapa Gado de Corte, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil. Corresponding author, e-mail: renato.andreotti@embrapa.br.

Abstract

Identifying the tick species that successfully feed on humans would increase knowledge of the epidemiology of several tick-borne diseases. These species salivate into the host, increasing the risk of pathogen transmission. However, there is a lack of data in the literature regarding the ticks that prefer to feed on humans. Herein, we describe the successful feeding of Amblyomma coelebs Neumann nymphs on two of the authors after accidental tick bites occurred during field surveys in two preserved areas of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. One of the host-parasite interactions was closely monitored, and the tick development, gross host skin alterations, and related sensations are presented.

KEYWORDS:

Amblyomma coelebs; Brazil; human parasitism; nymph; tapir

PMID:
26336294
PMCID:
PMC4477634
DOI:
10.1093/jme/tju060
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