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June 1976

Acariasis Caused by Bird Mites

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Tokyo, Japan

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(6):882-883. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630300078023

To the Editor.—  Papular eruptions of one of us (A.H.) that occurred repeatedly in early summer from 1971 to 1974 were attributed to mites of the genera Dermanyssus and Ornithonyssus that parasitized gray starlings (Sturnus cineraneus Temminck) that were living outside the house.

Report of a Case.—  The dermatologist lives in a Japanese-style two-story wooden house in a southwestern suburb of Tokyo. Gray starlings nest every year in the shutter box outside his bedroom. On May 20, 1971, the eggs hatched in this shutter box, and the birds left the nest on June 13. Pruritus began on June 25, and, at the same time, erythematous papules were noticed on the thighs and forearms. The papules then disseminated, with intense pruritus extending over the whole body, except for the face and extremities. The papules were most densely scattered on the upper part of the thigh and abdomen, but did not coalesce.

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