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Revista Colombiana de Entomología

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SOHAIL SAJID, MUHAMMAD et al. Sarcoptes scabiei (Acari: Sarcoptidae) infestation in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus): A case study. Rev. Colomb. Entomol. [online]. 2017, vol.43, n.1, pp.51-54. ISSN 0120-0488.

Sarcoptic mange was suspected in three of five European albino rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) kept for experimental purposes. Gross examination revealed multifocal areas of alopecia around the eyes, nostrils and lips. Skin snips were processed using PCR for the molecular identification of the suspected mites. Histopathology of the skin snips showed erupted epidermis and stratum corneum with an infiltration of inflammatory cells. Skin scraping examination revealed the presence of adult mites as well as eggs. Microscopic taxonomy identified the adult mites as Sarcoptes (S.) scabiei (Acari: Sarcoptidae). The results of PCR indicated a 311 bp band from all the three cases, which confirmed the S. scabiei infestation in rabbits. Sarcoptes scabiei may be a public health concernthrough direct transmission from rabbits infested with S. scabiei through handling. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of S. scabiei infection in rabbits from Pakistan.

Keywords : Mite infestation; Histopathology; PCR; Public health..

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