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Chiggers and Children

Chiggers and Children Abstract Many of the patients seen at my office during the summer months are brought to me because they have had bites or stings due to spiders,1 ticks, bees, wasps, fleas, mosquitoes, or chiggers. The exposure of children in this county to these pests has been increased in recent years because many families spend part of the summer "at the river." The chigger, or red bug, probably produces more local misery for its size than any of the others listed above. Chiggers are the larvae of the trombiculid mites. They are extremely small red parasites, but can be seen by the naked eye. The larvae are the six-legged stage of a complex series of metamorphoses described in Dr. G. W. Wharton's monograph.2 Disease transmitted by mites has not been recognized in any of my patients, and the reason medical advice was sought was because of the dermatitis or local References 1. Prince, G. E.: Arachnidism in Children , J. Pediat. 49:101 ( (July) ) 1956.Crossref 2. Wharton, G. W., and Fuller, H. S.: A Manual of the Chiggers , The Entomological Society of Washington, 1952. 3. Fuller, H. S.: Infestation of Man in Burma with Trombiculid Mites , Am. J. Hyg. 45:363 ( (May) ) 1947. 4. Jones, B. M.: Method of Studying Distribution and Bionomics of Trombiculid Mites , Parasitology 40:1 ( (Jan.) ) 1950.Crossref 5. Smith, C. N.; Gilbert, I. H., and Gouck, H. K.: Use of Insect Repellents , ARS 33-26, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (April) , 1958. 6. Smith, C. N.: Personal communication to the author, 1958. 7. Chiggers: How to Fight Them , Leaflet No. 403, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (March) , 1956. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1960 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0096-6916
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10.1001/archpedi.1960.02070030737006
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Abstract

Abstract Many of the patients seen at my office during the summer months are brought to me because they have had bites or stings due to spiders,1 ticks, bees, wasps, fleas, mosquitoes, or chiggers. The exposure of children in this county to these pests has been increased in recent years because many families spend part of the summer "at the river." The chigger, or red bug, probably produces more local misery for its size than any of the others listed above. Chiggers are the larvae of the trombiculid mites. They are extremely small red parasites, but can be seen by the naked eye. The larvae are the six-legged stage of a complex series of metamorphoses described in Dr. G. W. Wharton's monograph.2 Disease transmitted by mites has not been recognized in any of my patients, and the reason medical advice was sought was because of the dermatitis or local References 1. Prince, G. E.: Arachnidism in Children , J. Pediat. 49:101 ( (July) ) 1956.Crossref 2. Wharton, G. W., and Fuller, H. S.: A Manual of the Chiggers , The Entomological Society of Washington, 1952. 3. Fuller, H. S.: Infestation of Man in Burma with Trombiculid Mites , Am. J. Hyg. 45:363 ( (May) ) 1947. 4. Jones, B. M.: Method of Studying Distribution and Bionomics of Trombiculid Mites , Parasitology 40:1 ( (Jan.) ) 1950.Crossref 5. Smith, C. N.; Gilbert, I. H., and Gouck, H. K.: Use of Insect Repellents , ARS 33-26, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (April) , 1958. 6. Smith, C. N.: Personal communication to the author, 1958. 7. Chiggers: How to Fight Them , Leaflet No. 403, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (March) , 1956.

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A.M.A. Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1960

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