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July 1977

Tropical Rat Mite Dermatitis

Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center (Dr Charlesworth); and the Entomology Section of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine (Dr Clegern), Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. Dr Charlesworth is now with the Dermatology Service, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss.

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(7):937-938. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640070071009

• We had a patient with dermatitis caused by the bite of Ornithonyssus bacoti (Hirst), commonly referred to as the tropical rat mite. The bite of this mite resulted in a severely pruritic papular dermatitis in our patient. Accurate identification of the mite indicated the presence of rat infestation.

(Arch Dermatol 113:937-938, 1977)