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March 1950


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(3):466-469. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530100110014

AMONG poultry raisers avian mite dermatitis (gamasoidosis) is fairly well known and usually recognized. In urban populations, however, the disease is seldom diagnosed or even considered. This discrepancy is undoubtedly related to the infrequent exposure of city dwellers to birds which may be infested with avian mites. The recent appearance of a patient with a long-standing, severely pruritic eruption, who had been previously treated for scabies and insect bites at various times, emphasized this point. The patient was discovered to have gamasoidosis. This case of avian mite dermatitis is presented, and fowl mites are discussed.

Periodic reports have appeared in the medical literature concerning avian mites and their relation to man. In 1921, Toomey1 wrote a comprehensive historical review on these mites. In it he attempted to point out previous errors in recognition of the various types common to birds and poultry. Sulzberger and Kaminstein2 called