Tungiasis in North America: a report of 2 cases in internationally adopted children

J Pediatr. 2001 Nov;139(5):744-6. doi: 10.1067/mpd.2001.118530.


Tungiasis is a cutaneous infestation caused by the gravid female sand flea, Tunga penetrans. We describe 2 cases of tungiasis that occurred in siblings who recently emigrated as international adoptees from Liberia to the United States. Both patients had infectious complications as a result of the infestation with T penetrans.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Siphonaptera*
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / etiology*