oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The effects of the bites of argas brumpti (acarina: argasidae) on humans

Volume 26, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



People sleeping in caves in the Mtoko and Kariba districts of Zimbabwe have been bitten by the soft tick, Argas brumpti. The bites caused extensive bruising, presumably as a result of an anticoagulant in the tick saliva, but the lesions regressed rapidly and no pruritis was associated with the bites. No virus was isolated from a sample of the ticks collected in a cave.

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