Tungiasis

Some domestic animals, especially hogs and occasionally dogs, are parasitized by Tunga penetrans causing tungiasis. Infestations in hogs primarily affect the feet but also the snout, teats, legs, and scrotum. Infestations of the teats can result in restricted milk flow in nursing sows and starvation of the piglets. Swine are reservoirs of tungiasis, which can be transferred to humans in some tropical climates. There are at least eight other species of fleas belonging to the genus Tunga which burrow into host tissues. Females of each of these species are subdermal parasites which mostly attack New World rodents. Hopkins and Rothschild (1953) discuss other species of Tung a.

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