Conjunctivitis induced by a red bodied mite, Neotrombicula autumnalis

Benjamin J. Parcell, Graeme Sharpe, Brian Jones, Claire L. Alexander

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    This is a description of an unusual case of conjunctivitis caused by a trombiculid red mite, Neotrombicula autumnalis. The patient's condition improved only after its removal and with application of carbomer gel eye drops. There have been reports of increasing numbers of severe cases of trombiculosis over the last 15 years particularly in Germany and a number of cases have also been reported in the United Kingdom. Cases where trombiculid larvae feed on any region of the head or face of humans are unknown. In addition it is most likely the patient acquired the infection from her pet cat and this is the first description of acquisition from this animal.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number25
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2013


    • Trombiculosis
    • ACARI
    • Mite
    • Case report
    • Neotrombicula autumnalis
    • Conjunctivitis


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