Revista chilena de infectología
versión impresa ISSN 0716-1018
JOFRE M, Leonor et al. Animal mites transmissible to humans and associated zoonosis. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2009, vol.26, n.3, pp. 248-257. ISSN 0716-1018. doi: 10.4067/S0716-10182009000400008.
Mites that affect animals (acariasis) can occasionally be transmitted to humans by incidental contact producing pruritus and dermatitis. Animals such as dogs, cats, mice, birds and reptiles, harbour several mite species. Hemophage mites and those that feed on lymph have the potential of transmitting important zoonotic agents (cuales??). The presence of lesions of unclear origin and a history of contact with pets or wild animals should alert towards the possibility of acariasis. Diagnosis is based on direct visualization of the mite,analysis of its morphology and obtaining information on the animal host. Awareness of these acarosis and the responsible care of pets and animals are the most relevant preventive measures.
Palabras clave : Mite; mite infestation; acariasis; zoonoses; scabies; sarcoptic mange; avian mite; rat mite.