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Revista chilena de infectología

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VERGARA M, Cristian et al. Tungiasis affects a chilean turist. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2009, vol.26, n.3, pp.265-269. ISSN 0716-1018.

Tungiasis is a cutaneous ectoparasitosis caused by the female sand flea Tunga penetrans whose higher prevalence occurs in Sub-Saharan África, South América and the Caribbean. We report a case of a 23 year old chilean male who presented dermal lesions suggestive of tungiasis on his return from Brazil. The diagnosis was confirmed by biopsy, identifying the arthropod and an egg from one of the lesions. The natural history, co-morbidities and treatment options were reviewed.

Palabras clave : Tungiasis; Tunga penetrans; ectoparasitosis; parasites; sand flies.

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