Prevalence of fur mites in pet rabbits in South Korea


Correspondence: Duck-Hwan Kim, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea. E-mail:


The prevalence of fur mites, Cheyletiella parasitovorax and Leporacarus gibbus, in pet rabbits in South Korea was investigated by a diagnostic evaluation of skin surface tape strips and hair coat combings. C. parasitovorax was found in 80 of 140 rabbits (57.1%) and L. gibbus in six of 140 rabbits (4.3%). Clinical signs of pruritus and scaling were observed in 17 of 80 and 76 of 80 infested rabbits, respectively.