Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of Public Health

pp 108-108

Chiggers (Burrowing Fleas)

Synonyms

Chigoe; Harvest bug; Harvest mite; Jigger; Red bug

Definition

Chiggers represents parasites of the family Trombiculidae. Larves of this parasite live on insects, humans and other vertebrates. Its bite produces a wheal that is accompanied by severe itching.

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