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Ornithonyssus bacoti

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Ornithonyssus bacoti (tropical rat mite)

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Ornithonyssus bacoti in a hamster - Veterinary Video

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Mesostigmatic mite infestation in city-dwellers: diagnosis and control

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Acaro encontrado en hamster, Rodent mites ( Ornithonyssus bacoti )

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Tropical Rat Mite

Ornithonyssus bacoti is a hematophagous parasite. It feeds on blood and serum from many hosts. O. bacoti can be found and cause disease on rats and wild rodents most commonly, but also small mammals and humans when other hosts are scarce. Outbreaks tend to occur in older, less maintained buildings. The mite, however, can travel several hundred feet on its own if necessary to find a host and can survive for extended periods of time without a host. This, along with the nonspecific dermatitis it causes, can prevent accurate and fast diagnosis of rat mite dermatitis. The scarcity of reports, due in part to misdiagnosis and also the mildness of its symptoms, makes the disease seem less common than it is. The tropical rat mite can be found in both temperate and tropical regions or rather all continents except the Arctic and Antarctic.
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