TROMBICULOSIS IN CATS DUE TO NEOTROMBICULA AUTUMNALIS (ACARI: TROMBICULIDAE) LARVAE: THE FIRST REPORT IN ROMANIA
P. Tudor1, C. Fernoaga2 and N. Tudor2,*
1Department of Preclinical Sciences and 2Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, 050097, Romania
*Corresponding Author E-mail: email@example.com
Neotrombicula autumnalis is an arthropod that parasitises cats during the larval stage and induces pruritic dermatitis described as trombiculosis. This report describes the infestation of two cats with N. autumnalis mite larvae. Physical examination of both cats revealed cutaneous lesions on the ears, limbs (elbow, interdigital spaces) and around the nipples represented by erythema, papules, crusts and pruritus. Microscopic examination of skin scrapings revealed N. autumnalis larvae in both cats. To our knowledge, this is the first report of N. autumnalis larvae infestation in cats from Romania.
Keys word: cats, Neotrombicula autumnalis, trombiculosis.