New records of Ornithodoros puertoricensis Fox 1947 (Ixodida: Argasidae) parasitizing humans in rural and urban dwellings, Panama.
- Sergio E Bermúdez,
- Eduardo Castillo,
- Tyler D Pohlenz,
- Alexander Kneubehl,
- Aparna Krishnavajhala,
- Lillian Domínguez,
- Antonio Suárez,
- Job E López
Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2017 Feb 5. Epub 2017 Feb 5.
Department of Pediatrics, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, TX, USA; Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, TX, USA.
The presence of ticks inside human constructions was evaluated in two localities from Colon province (Charco La Piedra and Espinar) and one from Panama province (Ancon, City of Panama). In two of houses, eight people from Charco La Piedra and one from Ancón reported "insect bites," which produced blisters for several weeks. The investigation resulted in the collection of argasid ticks, which were identified by morphology and sequencing the 16s ribosomal RNA gene, and later evaluated for the presence of relapsing fever Borrelia DNA. Read More