Pyemotes ventricosus dermatitis, southeastern France.

Del Giudice P, Blanc-Amrane V, Bahadoran P, Caumes E, Marty P, Lazar M, Boissy C, Desruelles F, Izri A, Ortonne JP, Counillon E, Chosidow O, Delaunay P.; Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Nov;14(11):1759-61.


We investigated 42 patients who had unusual pruritic dermatitis associated with a specific clinical sign (comet sign) in 23 houses in southeastern France from May through September 2007. Pyemotes ventricosus, a parasite of the furniture beetle Anobium punctatum, was the cause of this condition.