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Volume 26, Number 4—April 2020
Etymologia

Etymologia: Trombiculiasis

Ronnie HenryComments to Author 

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Trombiculiasis [trom-bikʺu-liʹǝ-sis]

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Thumbnail of Photograph of a parasitic mite of domestic animals. Wikimedia Commons, Alan R Walker, 2014.

Figure. Photograph of a parasitic mite of domestic animals. Wikimedia Commons, Alan R. Walker, 2014.

Infestation with mites of the family Trombiculidae (from the Greek tromein, “tremble,” and Latin culex, “gnat”) in their larval form (chiggers, from the Carib chico). A wide variety of livestock and wild animals, as well as humans, can become infested with chiggers (Figure). Trombiculid mites are vectors of Orientia tsutsugamushi, which causes scrub typhus. References to these mites appear as early as the sixth century in China. Linnaeus described the species Trombicula batatas in 1758.

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References

  1. Bowman  DD, Hendrix  CM, Lindsay  DS, Barr  SC. Feline clinical parasitology. Ames (IA): Iowa State University Press; 2002.
  2. Scarborough  J. Medical and biological terminologies: classical origins. Norman (OK): University of Oklahoma Press; 1992.

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DOI: 10.3201/eid2604.et2604

Original Publication Date: March 12, 2020

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