Laboratory identification of arthropod ectoparasites

Blaine A. Mathison, Bobbi S. Pritt

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The collection, handling, identification, and reporting of ectoparasitic arthropods in clinical and reference diagnostic laboratories are discussed inthisreview.Includedaredataonticks,mites,lice, fleas,myiasis-causing flies, and bed bugs. The public health importance of these organisms is briefly discussed. The focus is on the morphological identification and proper handling and reporting of cases involving arthropod ectoparasites, particularly those encountered in the United States. Other arthropods and other organisms not of public health concern, but routinely submitted to laboratories for identification, are also briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-67
Number of pages20
JournalClinical Microbiology Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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