Scabies strikes Canadian long-term care facility

The Ottawa SUN reports that five confirmed and two suspected cases of scabies in a long-term care facility meant 137 employees and 55 residents required preventive medical treatment: Five confirmed and two probable cases have been diagnosed in the Foyer du Bonheur at 125 Lionel-Emond Blvd. in the Hull sector. All of the cases are […]

Bird mites and other itchy problems

This Body Odd article begins with Nina Bradica’s bird mites story, and reminds us that bird mites are a rare occurrence. While bird mite infestations in humans are rare, they do happen, says Dr. Richard Zack, associate professor and chair of the department of entomology at Washington State University. The most common infestations occur in […]

Bird mites in the news

Bird mites have been in the press a lot recently as Nina Bradica, a Levittown, NY woman, was removed from her home and taken to a hospital: Speaking by phone from her hospital room, Bradica said Friday she was “hanging in there” but could still feel the mites moving around on her skin. “I feel […]

Types of biting mites, symptoms & control

There is a helpful information sheet on mites, entitled “Biting Mites in Homes,” from the Alameda County Vector Control Services District (Alameda, California). The sheet distinguishes between types of biting mites including rat mites, northern fowl, and tropical fowl mites: Several types of mites are associated with cases of skin dermatitis in humans. The tropical […]

Tiny biting mites may have killed off dinosaurs

This isn’t really about what’s biting you, but a new theory suggests biting mites may have led to the extinction of dinosaurs. CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 3 (UPI) — A U.S. zoologist says dinosaurs may have been killed off by tiny, biting, disease-carrying insects. If true, it represents one of many causes, not the sole reason […]