Bed Bugs and Infectious Disease: A Case for the Arboviruses

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Bed bug infestations (Cimicidae; Cimex lectularius) have been increasing worldwide over the last few decades [1,2]. Several factors have been posited to explain this resurgence, including widespread insecticide resistance, human population growth, and increased international travel [1]. Clinically, reactions to bed bug bites vary from unapparent, to small (,5 mm) maculopapular lesions, to large wheals (2–6 cm); other reactions include bullous rashes, dermatitis, and asthma [1,3]. However, in the developed world the psychological, social, and economic impacts of bed bugs may be the most troubling aspects of the resurgence [2]. While the bed bug invasion cuts across economic lines, those with sufficient resources are able to clear the infestations, while those without may have to live with their bed bugs into the foreseeable future [2,4].

Microbiology, Parasitology, Virology, MICROBIOLOGY, PARASITOLOGY, VIROLOGY, FORT-MORGAN VIRUS, KAENG-KHOI-VIRUS, OECIACUS-VICARIUS, CLIFF SWALLOWS, HEMIPTERA CIMICIDAE, CIMEX-LECTULARIUS, NORTH-AMERICA, ALPHAVIRUS, WEST, Arboviral infections, Bats, Birds, Insect vectors, Mosquitoes, Pathogens, Viral pathogens, viral vectors
Adelman ZN, Miller DM, Myles KM (2013) Bed Bugs and Infectious Disease: A Case for the Arboviruses. PLoS Pathog 9(8): e1003462.