First report of acariasis by Caparinia tripilis in African hedgehogs, (Atelerix albiventris), in Costa Rica


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Authors: Moreira Soto, Andrés, Troyo Rodríguez, Adriana, Calderón Arguedas, Ólger
Format: artículo original
Publication Date:2013
Description:The African hedgehog is one of the newly imported exotic pets which have been observed with increasing regularity in veterinary clinics in Costa Rica. Despite their popularity, information about their diseases is scarce. Within skin diseases of hedgehogs, mange caused by Caparinia spp. is a common diagnosis in other countries. Two adult African hedgehogs, one male and one female, were brought to a private clinic in Heredia, Costa Rica, with chronic pruritic dermatitis, scabs, nearly complete loss of spines, lethargy, dehydration, and weight loss. During physical exam, deposits of dry seborrhea were taken and processed for diagnosis. Microscopic examination revealed psoroptid mites identified as Caparinia tripilis. This is the first report of the presence of Caparinia tripilis in Costa Rica and, to the authors’ knowledge, the rest of Central America.
Institution:Universidad de Costa Rica
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Central America
African hedgehog
América Central
Ouriço africano
636.089 medicina veterinaria