Tunga penetrans


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Tun·ga pen·e·trans

(tŭng'gă pen'ĕ-tranz),
A member of the flea family, Tungidae, commonly known as chigger flea, sand flea, chigoe, or jigger; the minute female penetrates the skin, frequently under the toenails; as she becomes distended with eggs to about pea size, a painful ulcer with inflammation develops at the site.

Tunga penetrans

See chigoe.

Tun·ga pen·e·trans

(tŭng'ă pen'ĕ-tranz)
A member of the flea family, Tungidae, commonly known as a chigger flea, sand flea, chigoe, or jigger; the minute female penetrates the skin, frequently under the toenails; as its body becomes distended with eggs, to about the size of a pea, a painful ulcer with inflammation develops at the site.
chigoe; chigger flea; sand flea; jigger; Tunga penetrans tiny soil-dwelling tropical insect; the female burrows through plantar and webspace skin or under toenails to feed and lay eggs; infestation causes tungiasis, i.e. formation of haemorrhagic/ulcerated nodules 3-4 weeks after initial infection; differential diagnosis includes verruca pedis and amelanotic melanoma; treated by lesion curettage, cryotherapy or minute dissection to remove insect and all eggs

Tunga

a genus of fleas native to tropical and subtropical America and Africa.

Tunga penetrans
the chigoe or jigger flea, which attacks humans, dogs, pigs and other animals, as well as poultry, and causes intense skin irritation. See also chigoe.
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In total, 610 were infested with Tunga penetrans, resulting in a point prevalence of 53% (95% confidence interval, 50%-56%), although 65% had experienced the flea in the past month.
Differential Features of Tunga penetrans and Other Organisms * T Sarcoptes penetrans Ticks Myiasis scabei Helminths Exoskeleton, + + + + + cuticle or tegument Hypodermal + + - - Some species layer Tracheae + + + + - Digestive + + + + + tract Eggs + - - + Some species ([dagger]) Striated + + + + - muscle (Haphazard (Helminths distri- have smooth bution) muscle) * Plus sign indicates feature is present; minus sign, feature is absent.
Investigation on the biology, epidemiology, pathology and control of Tunga penetrans in Brazil: I.
irritans 9-24 Xenopsylla brasiliensis 25 Tunga penetrans 26 Djalusene P.
The animal reservoir of Tunga penetrans in poor communities in Northeast Brazil.