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Dario d'Ovidio and Domenico Santoro Leporacarus gibbus infestation in client-owned rabbits and their owner Veterinary Dermatology 25

Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/vde.12089

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BackgroundLeporacarus gibbus is a fur mite infesting both laboratory and pet rabbits; infestation is usually subclinical, but in some instances it has been associated with a highly pruritic dermatitis. A zoonotic potential has also been suggested. Conclusions and clinical importance – This is the second description of L. gibbus dermatitis in people. In the present case report, the lesions on the rabbits and their owner were very similar, a pruritic dermatitis with small papules, more evident on the owner's extremities. Due to its zoonotic potential, although uncommon, L. gibbus infestation should be considered as a possible differential in pet rabbits, particularly when owners have a papular eruption.

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