New pandemic, old bugs: A case of cimicosis (Bed Bug) in a neglected elderly patient during the coronavirus disease quarantine

Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2021 Jan 29:54:e07912020. doi: 10.1590/0037-8682-0791-2020. eCollection 2021.


Bed bugs are hematophagous arthropods that can parasitize humans. During the coronavirus disease pandemic, there has been an increase in elderly neglect. A man in his 90s came to the hospital complaining of generalized pruritus. Despite being a dependent patient, he was left alone in a home by his relatives during the pandemic. Examination revealed inflammatory nodules in addition to a live bed bug crawling over his trunk. Identifying a bed bug during consultation is an uncommon feature that can help determine a particular diagnosis. As this case shows, the need for social isolation during pandemics can contribute to elder abuse and neglect.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Bedbugs*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus*
  • Ectoparasitic Infestations*
  • Elder Abuse
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pandemics
  • Quarantine*