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Med J Aust. 1998 Jun 15;168(12):610-1.

Lepidopterism: two cases of systemic reactions to the cocoon of a common moth, Chelepteryx collesi.

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Canberra Hospital, Garran, ACT.

Abstract

Lepidopterism is a general term for the ill-effects to humans from contact with moths and butterflies. We describe two cases of systemic reactions after contact with the cocoon of the Australian species Chelepteryx collesi, or white-stemmed gum moth--irritant and toxic effects in one and a systemic allergic reaction in the other. Early removal of urticating hairs from the skin in such cases may be advisable.

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