Pyemotes Species Strongly Implicated In An Outbreak Of Dermatitis In A Queensland Country Hospital

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An acute outbreak of itchy papulovesicular dermatitis occurred among nursing home patients in a small Queensland country hospital west of Toowoomba. Mites, Pyemotes species, were found in the immediate environment of the hospital and have been implicated as the causative agent. This case illustrates the importance of examination of environmental specimens for ectoparasites in cases of unexplained dermatoses.

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