Mites That Cause and Transmit Disease

  • David Evans Walter
  • Heather C. Proctor


Disease implies a dichotomy: that one’s life can be at ease, but that it can also be distant from ease. If our minds or bodies are not functioning properly, then we may have a disease. For example, if one’s skin feels unusually hot, you may have a fever. We’ve all experienced fevers because they usually occur as a general response by one’s immune system when it goes after an invasive microbe, but fever also can result from physiological problems and environmental stress. So, fever is also a symptom, an indication that something is wrong, but not an especially good indicator of exactly what is wrong (Fig. 10.1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Evans Walter
    • 1
  • Heather C. Proctor
    • 2
  1. 1.Invertebrate ZoologyUniversity of the Sunshine Coast Royal Alberta MuseumEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Biological SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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