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Outbreak of Caterpillar Dermatitis Caused by Airborne Hairs of the Mistletoe Browntail Moth (Euproctis Edwardsi)

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Outbreak of Caterpillar Dermatitis Caused by Airborne Hairs of the Mistletoe Browntail Moth (Euproctis Edwardsi)

C R Balit et al. Med J Aust.

Abstract

Caterpillars may be an under-recognised cause of skin and eye reactions. We report a four-month outbreak of recurrent papulourticarial rash among staff and visitors at a community centre. Caterpillar of the mistletoe browntail moth The cause was eventually diagnosed as airborne hairs from (Euproctis edwardsi). caterpillars of the mistletoe browntail moth (Euproctis edwardsi), which infested a eucalypt tree growing in front of the centre. To our knowledge, this is the first clear case of airborne caterpillar hairs causing dermatitis in an indoor environment.

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