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Imported human tungiasis in Greece.
Travel Med Infect Dis. 2009 Nov; 7(6):375-7.TM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Tungiasis is a parasitic skin disease caused by the sand flea Tunga penetrans. It is widespread in poor urban and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Imported cases of tungiasis are increasingly being reported due to the increased numbers of travelers visiting the affected areas.

CASE REPORT

A 28-year-old woman presented with a lesion on the subungual area of the right fourth toe, covered with a central dark crust. The lesion appeared two weeks after returning from Tanzania. The flea Tunga penetrans was identified by histopathological examination of a biopsy material. This is the first case of tungiasis in Greece.

CONCLUSIONS

Tungiasis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of parasitic infections in travelers returning from endemic geographical areas.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Clinical Microbiology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine, University Hospital of Heraklion, P.O. Box 1352, 71110 Heraklion, Crete, Greece.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19945016

Citation

Dialynas, Michael, et al. "Imported Human Tungiasis in Greece." Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, vol. 7, no. 6, 2009, pp. 375-7.
Dialynas M, Karakosta P, Haniotis V, et al. Imported human tungiasis in Greece. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2009;7(6):375-7.
Dialynas, M., Karakosta, P., Haniotis, V., Fanouriakis, A., Panagiotaki, E., & Maraki, S. (2009). Imported human tungiasis in Greece. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 7(6), 375-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2009.09.006
Dialynas M, et al. Imported Human Tungiasis in Greece. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2009;7(6):375-7. PubMed PMID: 19945016.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Imported human tungiasis in Greece. AU - Dialynas,Michael, AU - Karakosta,Polyxeni, AU - Haniotis,Vrettos, AU - Fanouriakis,Antonios, AU - Panagiotaki,Evangelia, AU - Maraki,Sofia, Y1 - 2009/10/14/ PY - 2009/06/19/received PY - 2009/09/16/revised PY - 2009/09/17/accepted PY - 2009/12/1/entrez PY - 2009/12/1/pubmed PY - 2010/1/12/medline SP - 375 EP - 7 JF - Travel medicine and infectious disease JO - Travel Med Infect Dis VL - 7 IS - 6 N2 - BACKGROUND: Tungiasis is a parasitic skin disease caused by the sand flea Tunga penetrans. It is widespread in poor urban and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Imported cases of tungiasis are increasingly being reported due to the increased numbers of travelers visiting the affected areas. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman presented with a lesion on the subungual area of the right fourth toe, covered with a central dark crust. The lesion appeared two weeks after returning from Tanzania. The flea Tunga penetrans was identified by histopathological examination of a biopsy material. This is the first case of tungiasis in Greece. CONCLUSIONS: Tungiasis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of parasitic infections in travelers returning from endemic geographical areas. SN - 1873-0442 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19945016/Imported_human_tungiasis_in_Greece_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1477-8939(09)00151-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -