Hematophagous Ectoparasites of Cliff Swallows Invade a Hospital and Feed on Humans

Norman L. Beatty, Stephen A. Klotz, Sean P. Elliott

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Abstract

We describe a hospital infestation by 2 hematophagous ectoparasites of cliff swallows that nested in the window eaves. Breaks in window seals allowed entry of swallow ticks and swallow bugs. These pests emerged in large numbers in patient rooms, hallways, and stairwells; 17% of the ticks fed on humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2119-2121
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume65
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2017

Keywords

  • Argas cooleyi
  • Oeciacus vicarious
  • cliff swallow
  • hospital infestation
  • swallow tick

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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