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Bacteriome-associated Wolbachia of the parthenogenetic termite Cavitermes tuberosus.

FEMS Microbiol Ecol 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Evolutionary Biology & Ecology, Université libre de Bruxelles, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, CP 160/12, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.

Wolbachia has deeply shaped the ecology and evolution of many arthropods, and interactions between the two partners are a continuum ranging from parasitism to mutualism. Non-dispersing queens of the termite Cavitermes tuberosus are parthenogenetically produced through gamete duplication, a mode of ploidy restoration generally induced by Wolbachia. These queens display a bacteriome-like structure in the anterior part of the mesenteron. Read More

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December 2018

Neglected vector-borne bacterial diseases and arboviruses in the Mediterranean area.

New Microbes New Infect 2018 Nov 30;26:S31-S36. Epub 2018 Aug 30.

IRD, AP-HM, SSA, VITROME, IHU Méditerranée Infection, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France.

Arthropod vectors can transmit pathogenic microorganisms from one vertebrate to another during their blood meal. Although some vector-borne diseases have been eradicated in the Mediterranean area, such as malaria and dengue, recent endemic microorganisms (Toscana virus, spp.) remain neglected even though they cause many more cases. Read More

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November 2018
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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner sign: a hallmark of flea and bedbug bites.

An Bras Dermatol 2018 Sep-Oct;93(5):759-760

Department of Dermatology and Radiotherapy, Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Botucatu (SP), Brazil.

Human, dog, and cat fleas, as well as bedbugs, feed by biting their victims, causing acute prurigo, which is aggravated in sensitized victims (papular urticaria). The lesions appear in the classic "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" pattern. There are two main explanations: the parasites "map" the skin area in search of the best places to bite, and their removal when victim scratches, and then reattach to the skin. Read More

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October 2018
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Mite and Bed Bug Infections.

Prim Care 2018 Sep;45(3):409-421

Family Medicine, Penn Highlands Healthcare, 100 Hospital Avenue, Dubois, PA 15801, USA.

Patients with suspected bites or skin rashes regularly present to their primary care physician. Common mite infections encountered in the primary care office include scabies, chiggers, grain itch, and allergic responses from dust mites. In fact, scabies is one of the 50 most prevalent diseases worldwide. Read More

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September 2018
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[A young man with a scrotal rash; bedbugs or something else?]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 2018 May 16;162. Epub 2018 May 16.

Streeklaboratorium GGD Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

A 21-year-old man had painful lesions on his scrotum for 4 days. Recently, bed bugs were discovered in the student accommodation of his girlfriend. We also observed vesicular lesions on the patient's buttock. Read More

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May 2018
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Chronic Prurigo: An Unusual Presentation of Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Case Rep Dermatol 2018 May-Aug;10(2):122-126. Epub 2018 May 17.

Department of Dermatology, Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland.

Background: Prurigo nodularis is a condition of unknown origin defined by papulonodular eruption and intense pruritus. Hodgkin lymphoma often presents nonspecific initial symptoms. An association between systemic malignancy and cutaneous manifestations has long been documented. Read More

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May 2018
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Co-speciation in bedbug Wolbachia parallel the pattern in nematode hosts.

Sci Rep 2018 Jun 11;8(1):8797. Epub 2018 Jun 11.

Technische Universität Dresden, Department of Biology, Applied Zoology, D-01069, Dresden, Germany.

Wolbachia bacteria, vertically transmitted intracellular endosymbionts, are associated with two major host taxa in which they show strikingly different symbiotic modes. In some taxa of filarial nematodes, where Wolbachia are strictly obligately beneficial to the host, they show complete within- and among-species prevalence as well as co-phylogeny with their hosts. In arthropods, Wolbachia usually are parasitic; if beneficial effects occurs, they can be facultative or obligate, related to host reproduction. Read More

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June 2018
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RNA Interference of the Muscle Actin Gene in Bed Bugs: Exploring Injection Versus Topical Application for dsRNA Delivery.

J Insect Sci 2018 May;18(3)

Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

Bed bugs are one the most troublesome household pests that feed primarily on human blood. RNA interference (RNAi) is currently being pursued as a potential tool for insect population management and has shown efficacy against some phytophagous insects. We evaluated the different techniques to deliver dsRNA specific to bed bug muscle actin (dsactin) into bed bugs. Read More

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Role of species in human infections: first literature review.

New Microbes New Infect 2018 Mar 10;22:6-12. Epub 2017 Oct 10.

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

is an aerobic, Gram-positive and nonmotile bacterium. It was first isolated in 1941 from the mycetoma and ovaries of the bedbug. The primary strains were named and and are different from the Collins , 1988 classification of the new genus. Read More

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March 2018
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Temperature stress deteriorates bed bug (Cimex lectularius) populations through decreased survival, fecundity and offspring success.

PLoS One 2018 14;13(3):e0193788. Epub 2018 Mar 14.

Department of Pest Control, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.

Sublethal heat stress may weaken bed bug infestations to potentially ease control. In the present study, experimental populations exposed to 34, 36 or 38°C for 2 or 3 weeks suffered significant mortality during exposure. Among survivors, egg production, egg hatching, moulting success and offspring proliferation decreased significantly in the subsequent 7 week recovery period at 22°C. Read More

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Histamine as an emergent indoor contaminant: Accumulation and persistence in bed bug infested homes.

PLoS One 2018 12;13(2):e0192462. Epub 2018 Feb 12.

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America.

Histamine is used in bronchial and dermal provocation, but it is rarely considered an environmental risk factor in allergic disease. Because bed bugs defecate large amounts of histamine as a component of their aggregation pheromone, we sought to determine if histamine accumulates in household dust in bed bug infested homes, and the effects of bed bug eradication with spatial heat on histamine levels in dust. We collected dust in homes and analyzed for histamine before, and up to three months after bed bug eradication. Read More

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Infection Does Not Decrease Survival or Reproduction of the Common Bed Bug, .

Am J Trop Med Hyg 2018 03 18;98(3):724-734. Epub 2018 Jan 18.

Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Although not presently implicated as a vector of human pathogens, the common bed bug, , has been suspected of carrying human pathogens because of its close association with humans and its obligate hematophagy. Recently, we characterized the vectorial competence of for the parasite , the causative agent of Chagas disease. We observed that can acquire infection when fed on -carrying mice, and subsequently transmit to uninfected mice. Read More

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March 2018
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Pest Prevalence and Evaluation of Community-Wide Integrated Pest Management for Reducing Cockroach Infestations and Indoor Insecticide Residues.

J Econ Entomol 2018 04;111(2):795-802

Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Pest infestations in residential buildings are common, but community-wide pest survey data are lacking. Frequent insecticide applications for controlling indoor pests leave insecticide residues and pose potential health risks to residents. In this study, a community-wide pest survey was carried out in a housing complex consisting of 258 units in 40 buildings in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Read More

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Regular Wounding in a Natural System: Bacteria Associated With Reproductive Organs of Bedbugs and Their Quorum Sensing Abilities.

Front Immunol 2017 18;8:1855. Epub 2017 Dec 18.

Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

During wounding, tissues are disrupted so that bacteria can easily enter the host and trigger a host response. Both the host response and bacterial communication can occur through quorum sensing (QS) and quorum sensing inhibition (QSI). Here, we characterize the effect of wounding on the host-associated bacterial community of the bed bug. Read More

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December 2017
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Climbing ability of teneral and sclerotized adult bed bugs and assessment of adhesive properties of the exoskeletal fluid using atomic force microscopy.

PLoS One 2017 15;12(12):e0189215. Epub 2017 Dec 15.

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina, United States of America.

We observed that teneral adults (<1 h post-molt) of Cimex lectularius L. appeared more adept at climbing a smooth surface compared to sclerotized adults. Differences in climbing ability on a smooth surface based on sclerotization status were quantified by measuring the height to which bed bugs climbed when confined within a glass vial. Read More

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January 2018
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Dynamics of bed bug infestations in three low-income housing communities with various bed bug management programs.

Pest Manag Sci 2018 Jun 2;74(6):1302-1310. Epub 2018 Mar 2.

Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

Background: Infestations of the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius L., have become common in low-income communities in the USA over the last 15 years. We evaluated community-based integrated pest management (IPM) programs for reducing bed bug infestations. Read More

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June 2018
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Toxicities of Selected Essential Oils, Silicone Oils, and Paraffin Oil against the Common Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

J Econ Entomol 2018 02;111(1):170-177

USDA, ARS, Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.

The common bed bug [Cimex lectularius L. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae)] and tropical bed bug [Cimex hemipterus F. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae)] resurged in the United States and many other countries over the past decades. Read More

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February 2018
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Endosymbiosis and its significance in dermatology.

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2018 Mar 28;32(3):347-354. Epub 2017 Dec 28.

Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Warmia and Mazury University, Olsztyn, Poland.

Proposed at the beginning of the twentieth century to explain the origin of eukaryotic organelles from prokaryotes, endosymbiosis is now medically defined by various interaction patterns between microorganisms and their residing hosts, best exemplified by the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia identified in arthropods and filarial nematodes, which can influence normal development, reproduction, survival and transmission of the hosts. Based on the transmission modes, vertical or horizontal, and the function of the endosymbionts, the host-symbiont dependence can be divided into primary or secondary. In dermatology, the role of endosymbionts in skin ectoparasitosis has aroused great interests in the past years. Read More

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March 2018
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All Things Bed Bugs: A Primer for Nephrology Nurses.

Authors:
Mary S Haras

Nephrol Nurs J 2017 Mar-Apr;44(2):181-184

Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing Programs, Saint Xavier University School of Nursing, Chicago, IL.

Bed bug infestation is on the rise, affecting individuals across all demographics and geographics worldwide. Of concern is nursing's lack of knowledge about bed bug transmission, prevention, elimination, and the management of bed bug bites. This article explores the evidence about the lifecycle of the bed bug, its typical presentation, and ways to prevent and eliminate bed bug infestation. Read More

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August 2018
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You can't burn the house down because of one bedbug: a qualitative study of changing gender norms in the prevention of violence against women and girls in an urban informal settlement in India.

Wellcome Open Res 2017 7;2:48. Epub 2017 Nov 7.

University College London Institute for Global Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH, UK.

: The contribution of structural inequalities and societal legitimisation to violence against women, which 30% of women in India survive each year, is widely accepted. There is a consensus that interventions should aim to change gender norms, particularly through community mobilisation. How this should be done is less clear. Read More

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November 2017
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Neuropeptidomics of the Bed Bug Cimex lectularius.

J Proteome Res 2018 01 8;17(1):440-454. Epub 2017 Dec 8.

Neurobiology and Genetics, Theodor-Boveri-Institute, Biocenter, University of Würzburg , Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg, Germany.

The bed bug Cimex lectularius is a globally distributed human ectoparasite with fascinating biology. It has recently acquired resistance against a broad range of insecticides, causing a worldwide increase in bed bug infestations. The recent annotation of the bed bug genome revealed a full complement of neuropeptide and neuropeptide receptor genes in this species. Read More

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January 2018

The Let's Beat the Bug! Campaign--A Statewide Active Public Education Against Bed Bugs in Minnesota.

J Environ Health 2017 03;79(7):22-7

Bed bugs continue to affect society and place a burden on public health systems. Experiences of the Let’s Beat the Bug! campaign are presented to help information networks prepare personnel to effectively address questions about this pest. Following recommendations from the Minnesota state bed bug working group, an information line was established and the Web site (www. Read More

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March 2017
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Bed Bug Bites Limited to Exposed Skin.

J Cutan Med Surg 2017 Nov/Dec;21(6):551. Epub 2017 Oct 9.

2 Dermatology Department, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.

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December 2018
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Effects of Cyclic Feeding and Starvation, Mating, and Sperm Condition on Egg Production and Fertility in the Common Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

J Med Entomol 2017 Nov;54(6):1483-1490

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, and W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7613, Raleigh, NC 27695-7613.

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) are now endemic in most major cities, but information regarding their basic biology is still largely based on research done over four decades ago. We investigated the effects of starvation, mating, sperm storage, and female and male age on egg production and hatch. Read More

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November 2017
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Phylogenetic analyses of bat-associated bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae: Cimicinae and Cacodminae) indicate two new species close to Cimex lectularius.

Parasit Vectors 2017 Sep 21;10(1):439. Epub 2017 Sep 21.

Department of Zoology, Eszterházy Károly University, Eger, Hungary.

Background: Bats are regarded as the primary (ancestral) hosts of bugs of the family Cimicidae. The historically and economically most important species in the family is the common bedbug (Cimex lectularius), because of its worldwide occurrence and association with humans. This molecular-phylogenetic study was initiated in order to expand the knowledge on the phylogeny of cimicid bugs of bats, by investigating samples from Hungary, Romania (representing central-eastern Europe) and two further countries (South Africa and Vietnam). Read More

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September 2017
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Medical Entomology: A Reemerging Field of Research to Better Understand Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.

Clin Infect Dis 2017 Aug;65(suppl_1):S30-S38

Aix Marseille Université, CNRS 7278, IRD 198 (Dakar, Sénégal), Inserm 1095, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille (AP-HM), Unité de Recherche en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes (URMITE), IHU Méditerranée Infection, Marseille.

In the last decade, the Chikungunya and Zika virus outbreaks have turned public attention to the possibility of the expansion of vector-borne infectious diseases worldwide. Medical entomology is focused on the study of arthropods involved in human health. We review here some of the research approaches taken by the medical entomology team of the University Hospital Institute (UHI) Méditerranée Infection of Marseille, France, with the support of recent or representative studies. Read More

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August 2017
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A screen of pharmaceutical drugs for their ability to cause short-term morbidity and mortality in the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius L.

Parasitol Res 2017 Oct 3;116(10):2619-2626. Epub 2017 Aug 3.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA.

The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius L., is a hematophagous ectoparasite that preferentially feeds on humans. Pharmaceuticals present in a person's blood may adversely affect C. Read More

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October 2017
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Analysis of the life stages of Cimex lectularius captured within a medical centre suggests that the true numbers of bed bug introductions are under-reported.

J Hosp Infect 2017 Nov 29;97(3):310-312. Epub 2017 Jul 29.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT, USA.

Little is known about the epidemiology of bed bugs within the healthcare system, but nymphal stages predominate in natural infestations. This study determined the life stages of bed bugs captured within a medical centre, and found that older bed bugs were more likely to be captured than younger insects. The numbers of first instars, third-fifth instars and adult females captured were significantly different compared with the numbers of each life stage found in a natural infestation (P<0. Read More

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November 2017
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Insecticide resistance and resistance mechanisms in bed bugs, Cimex spp. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

Parasit Vectors 2017 Jun 29;10(1):318. Epub 2017 Jun 29.

Urban Entomology Laboratory, Vector Control Research Unit, School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Penang, Malaysia.

The worldwide resurgence of bed bugs [both Cimex lectularius L. and Cimex hemipterus (F.)] over the past two decades is believed in large part to be due to the development of insecticide resistance. Read More

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June 2017
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Nitrophorins and nitrobindins: structure and function.

Biomol Concepts 2017 May;8(2):105-118

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Classical all α-helical globins are present in all living organisms and are ordered in three lineages: (i) flavohemoglobins and single domain globins, (ii) protoglobins and globin coupled sensors and (iii) truncated hemoglobins, displaying the 3/3 or the 2/2 all α-helical fold. However, over the last two decades, all β-barrel and mixed α-helical-β-barrel heme-proteins displaying heme-based functional properties (e.g. Read More

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May 2017
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Effect of Feeding History and Time Elapsed From Field Collection on the Movement Behavior and Response to Stimulation in Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

J Econ Entomol 2017 08;110(4):1719-1727

Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius L.) (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) is an obligate blood-sucking insect that has been resurging in many countries. Researching this pest's behavior will help design more effective control methods. Read More

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August 2017
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Impact of sublethal exposure to a pyrethroid-neonicotinoid insecticide on mating, fecundity and development in the bed bug Cimex lectularius L. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

PLoS One 2017 10;12(5):e0177410. Epub 2017 May 10.

Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, United States of America.

Sublethal exposure to an insecticide may alter insect feeding, mating, oviposition, fecundity, development, and many other life history parameters. Such effects may have population-level consequences that are not apparent in traditional dose-mortality evaluations. Earlier, we found that a routinely used combination insecticide that includes a pyrethroid and a neonicotinoid (Temprid® SC) had deleterious effects on multiple bed bug (Cimex lectularius, L. Read More

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September 2017
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Recognizing common parasitic infestations.

JAAPA 2017 May;30(5):1-6

Judy Truscott is program director and an assistant professor in the PA program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Alyssa Abebe is an assistant professor at Chatham University and practices at an HIV research clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. Kelly Donkers is academic coordinator and an assistant professor in the PA program at Chatham University. Daria Segers is a senior PA with the University of Pittsburgh Physicians. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Parasitic infestations commonly are seen in patients in primary care, urgent care, and EDs. These infestations are a common cause of pruritus and may lead to secondary infestations. This article reviews the signs and symptoms of pinworms, lice, bedbug, and scabies infestations, as well as diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Read More

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May 2017
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The Interface Among Poverty, Air Mattress Industry Trends, Policy, and Infant Safety.

Am J Public Health 2017 06 20;107(6):945-949. Epub 2017 Apr 20.

Jennifer J. Doering is with the College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Trina C. Salm Ward is with the College of Public Health and School of Social Work, University of Georgia, Athens.

Infants can suffocate on air mattresses, even when the mattress is fully inflated. The interfacing issues of poverty, the bedbug epidemic, and changes in the design and marketing of air mattresses may be increasing consumer use of air mattresses as primary sleep environments and thus increasing the potential for infant death. Despite recent changes to improve air mattress safety labeling, the National Child Death Review Case Reporting System found that between 2004 and 2015 across 24 states, an air mattress was the incident sleep place for 108 infants whose deaths were either during sleep or in a sleep environment. Read More

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June 2017
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Genetic Diversity and Phylogenetic Relationships of Cytochrome C Oxidase Subunit I in Cimex hemipterus (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Populations in Malaysia.

J Med Entomol 2017 07;54(4):974-979

Household & Structural Urban Entomology Laboratory, Vector Control Research Unit, School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia.

The tropical bed bug is scientifically recognized as a significant public health problem. While there is an increased awareness about their resurgence by medical and life science committees, efficient bed bug management still remains unresolved. The solution may soon arise, as information about bed bugs' infestation dynamics and systematics are becoming more distinguishable. Read More

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July 2017
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An Early Holocene Record of Cimex (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) From Western North America.

J Med Entomol 2017 07;54(4):934-944

Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1224 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.

The subfossil remains of 14 cimicids (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) were recovered during archaeological investigations of the Paisley Five Mile Point Cave site (35LK3400), an exceptionally well-dated (n = 229 radiocarbon dates) late Pleistocene-early Holocene rock shelter site in south-central Oregon. Nine of the specimens have been assigned to three modern species of Nearctic Cimicidae-Cimex antennatus Usinger & Ueshima, Cimex latipennis Usinger & Ueshima, and Cimex pilosellus (Horváth)-whereas the remaining five individuals were too fragmentary to positively identify. The chronology of the insect assemblage puts one specimen at circa 5,100 calibrated years before present (cal. Read More

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July 2017
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Relatively Small Quantities of CO2, Ammonium Bicarbonate, and a Blend of (E)-2-Hexenal Plus (E)-2-Octenal Attract Bed Bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

J Med Entomol 2017 03;54(2):362-367

Bedoukian Research, 21 Finance Drive, Danbury, CT 06810

Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius L., feed on humans, have increased exponentially in the past two decades in many major cities throughout the world, have caused intense infestations, and have become a significant health concern. Improved traps are needed to detect early infestations, to assess control programs, and for control of bed bugs. Read More

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March 2017
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Detection of Reduced Susceptibility to Chlorfenapyr- and Bifenthrin-Containing Products in Field Populations of the Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

J Econ Entomol 2017 06;110(3):1195-1202

Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 ( ; ; ; ).

Insecticide resistance is a major impediment for effective control of Cimex lectularius L. Previous resistance detection studies with bed bugs have focused on certain pyrethroid, neonicotinoid, organochlorine, organophosphate, and carbamate insecticides. Within the pyrethroid class, resistance studies have mostly been limited to deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, and alpha- and beta-cyfluthrin. Read More

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June 2017
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Molecular Basis of Olfactory Chemoreception in the Common Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius.

Sci Rep 2017 04 6;7:45531. Epub 2017 Apr 6.

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA.

As one of the most notorious ectoparasites, bed bugs rely heavily on human or animal blood sources for survival, mating and reproduction. Chemoreception, mediated by the odorant receptors on the membrane of olfactory sensory neurons, plays a vital role in their host seeking and risk aversion processes. We investigated the responses of odorant receptors to a large spectrum of semiochemicals, including human odorants and plant-released volatiles and found that strong responses were sparse; aldehydes/ketones were the most efficient stimuli, while carboxylic acids and aliphatics/aromatics were comparatively less effective in eliciting responses from bed bug odorant receptors. Read More

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April 2017
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Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Detection in Low-Income, High-Rise Apartments Using Four or Fewer Passive Monitors.

J Econ Entomol 2017 06;110(3):1187-1194

Entomology and Plant Pathology, 370 Plant Biotechnology Building, 2505 E J Chapman Drive, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4560

Bed bug, Cimex lectularius L., management in low-income, high-rise housing for the elderly and disabled can be difficult. Early detection is key to slowing their spread, and reducing management cost and time needed for control. Read More

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June 2017
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A Method for Evaluating Insecticide Efficacy against Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius, Eggs and First Instars.

J Vis Exp 2017 03 15(121). Epub 2017 Mar 15.

Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech.

Standard toxicity evaluations of insecticides against insect pests are primarily conducted on adult insects. Evaluations are based on a dose-response or concentration-response curve, where mortality increases as the dose or concentration of an insecticide is increased. Standard lethal concentration (LC50) and lethal dose (LD50) tests that result in 50% mortality of a test population can be challenging for evaluating toxicity of insecticides against non-adult insect life stages, such as eggs and early instar or nymphal stages. Read More

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Differences in Climbing Ability of Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

J Econ Entomol 2017 06;110(3):1179-1186

Urban Entomology Laboratory, Vector Control Research Unit, School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang 11800, Malaysia ( ; ).

The climbing abilities of two bed bug species, Cimex lectularius L. and Cimex hemipterus (F.), were determined by evaluating their escape rates from smooth surface pitfall traps using four commercial bed bug monitors (Verifi Bed Bug Detector, ClimbUp Insect Interceptor, BlackOut Bed Bug Detector, and SenSci Volcano Bed Bug Detector). Read More

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June 2017
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Evaluation of the Potential for Secondary Kill for Ingested Insecticides in the Common Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae).

J Econ Entomol 2017 06;110(3):1218-1225

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7613, Raleigh, NC 27695-7613

Baits are a preferred method of urban pest management. Baits enable more targeted insecticide applications with a fraction of the active ingredient used in residual sprays. Bait translocation by foragers, and consequent secondary kill of nonforagers, enhances bait effectiveness in social insects, and in other group-living species like German cockroaches (Blattella germanica L. Read More

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June 2017
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Bedbugs: Helping your patient through an infestation.

Cleve Clin J Med 2017 Mar;84(3):207-211

Department of Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Bedbugs--hematophagous parasitic arthropods of the genus Cimex--have been unwelcome bedfellows for humans for thousands of years. With increases in population density, ease of travel, and insecticide resistance, bedbugs have reemerged. As a result, physicians are often at the forefront in the diagnosis and treatment of bedbug infestation. Read More

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March 2017
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Bedbugs: Awareness is key.

Authors:
Whitney A High

Cleve Clin J Med 2017 Mar;84(3):212-213

Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA.

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March 2017
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Susceptibility of insecticide-resistant bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) to infection by fungal biopesticide.

Pest Manag Sci 2017 Aug 10;73(8):1568-1573. Epub 2017 May 10.

Department of Entomology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA.

Background: Bed bugs are a public health concern, and their incidence is increasing worldwide. Bed bug infestations are notoriously difficult to eradicate, further exacerbated by widespread resistance to pyrethroid and neonicotinoid insecticides. This study evaluated the efficacy of the newly developed fungal biopesticide Aprehend™, containing Beauveria bassiana, against insecticide-resistant bed bugs. Read More

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August 2017
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Analysis of Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius) Introductions Into an Academic Medical Center.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017 May 9;38(5):623-624. Epub 2017 Feb 9.

3Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,Case Western Reserve University,Cleveland,Ohio.

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May 2017
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Double cuticle barrier in two global pests, the whitefly and the bedbug .

J Exp Biol 2017 Apr 6;220(Pt 8):1396-1399. Epub 2017 Feb 6.

Angewandte Zoologie, TU Dresden, Zellescher Weg 20b, 01069 Dresden, Germany

The integument protects the organism against penetration of xenobiotics and water that would potentially interfere with homeostasis. In insects that play key roles in a variety of agricultural and ecological habitats, this inward barrier has barely been investigated. In order to advance knowledge in this field, we studied integumental barrier (cuticle) permeability in the two global pests (greenhouse whitefly) and (bedbug), applying a simple dye-penetration assay. Read More

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April 2017
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Chemoreception to aggregation pheromones in the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol 2017 03 3;82:62-73. Epub 2017 Feb 3.

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA. Electronic address:

The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is an obligate blood-feeding insect that is resurgent worldwide, posing a threat to human beings through its biting nuisance and disease transmission. Bed bug aggregation pheromone is considered a very promising attractant for use in the monitoring and management of bed bugs, but as yet little is known regarding the sensory physiology of bed bugs related to this pheromone. This study examined how the individual components of aggregation pheromone are perceived by the olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) housed in different types of olfactory sensilla in bed bugs and the molecular basis for the ORNs' responses to the aggregation pheromone. Read More

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March 2017
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The arthropod cuticle - A never-ending endeavor.

Arthropod Struct Dev 2017 Jan;46(1):2-3

Department of Biology, TU Dresden, Zellescher Weg 20b, 01069 Dresden, Germany. Electronic address:

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January 2017
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