Short Communication

Parasitology Research

, Volume 110, Issue 6, pp 2577-2579

Bed bugs can cause severe anaemia in adults

  • Maria Paulke-KorinekAffiliated with4th Medical Department with Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, Kaiser Franz Josef-HospitalInstitute of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine, Medical University Vienna Email author 
  • , Marton SzéllAffiliated with4th Medical Department with Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, Kaiser Franz Josef-Hospital
  • , Hermann LaferlAffiliated with4th Medical Department with Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, Kaiser Franz Josef-Hospital
  • , Herbert AuerAffiliated withDepartment of Medical Parasitology, Institute of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine, Medical University Vienna
  • , Christoph WenischAffiliated with4th Medical Department with Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, Kaiser Franz Josef-Hospital Email author 

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Abstract

A 60-year-old woman and her 67-year-old male partner, admitted for pneumonia and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, respectively, had severe anaemia (Hb 5.3 and 5.2 g/dL, respectively), as a result from massive infestation with Cimex lectularius. After two erythrocyte transfusions and thorough decontamination, their clinical course was unremarkable.