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April 28, 1962

Trombicula Irritans

Author Affiliations

Dow Chemical Co., Freeport, Tex.

JAMA. 1962;180(4):347. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050170079023

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To the Editor:—  The article on "Stinging Insects— A Threat to Life," by J. H. Shaffer (JAMA177:473 [Aug. 19] 1961) is timely and interesting, but chiggers are not insects. They are parasitic larval mites of the genus Trombicula, order Acarina (ticks and mites).

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