Medical and Veterinary Impact of the Urticating Processionary Larvae



This chapter presents recent findings on the impact of processionary moths on human and animal health. The data obtained demonstrate that setae can be dispersed kms away from their origin, a fact that explains why some sensitized subjects experience symptoms without a direct contact with larvae.

The presence of allergens present in setae, the immune response to these allergens and the epidemiological aspects of the impact on humans and animals are described.

A software (URTIRISK) has been developed that allows to observe the evolution of the allergic risk associated with the presence of pine processionary moth, through-out the French territory.


Positive Skin Prick Test Infested Tree Seta Extract Contact Urticaria Malignant Catarrhal Fever 
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  1. 1.Immunology DepartmentHospital Carlos IIIMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department DAFNAE-EntomologyUniversity of PaduaLegnaroItaly
  3. 3.Research unit EpiMAI USC ANSES (Epidemiology of Animal Infectious Diseases)Alfort National Veterinary SchoolMaisons-AlfortFrance
  4. 4.Allergy SectionHospital Universitario Río HortegaValladolidSpain
  5. 5.French Agency for Food, Unit EpiEnvironmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES)Maisons-AlfortFrance
  6. 6.INRA, UR0633 URZF (Unité de Recherche Zoologie Forestière)OrléansFrance
  7. 7.INRA, UR 546 Biostatistique et Processus SpatiauxAvignonFrance
  8. 8.Department of DermatologyHospital Universitario Río HortegaValladolidSpain

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