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Incidence of fur mite infestation in laboratory rodents

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Incidence of fur mites in laboratory rodents is reported. Among mice, infestation was found to be highest in male Swiss Albino mice followed by female Swiss Albino mice, male Balb C mice and female Balb C mice. Infestation in Guinea pigs was 50 %. None of the rats screened were found to be positive for fur mites. Species of fur mites identified were Myocoptes musculinus in mice and Chirodiscoides caviae in Guinea pigs. Clinical signs in affected animals are also reported.

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Bino Sundar, S.T., Harikrishnan, T.J., Latha, B.R. et al. Incidence of fur mite infestation in laboratory rodents. J Parasit Dis 41, 383–386 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12639-016-0811-4

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Keywords

  • Fur mites
  • Mice
  • Guinea pig
  • Myocoptes musculinus
  • Chirodiscoides caviae