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Bites caused by giant water bugs belonging to Belostomatidae family (Hemiptera, Heteroptera) in humans: a report of seven cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20591375     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report 7 cases of patients bitten by giant water bugs, large predatory insects belonging to the Belostomatidae family (Hemiptera, Heteroptera). These insects have toxic saliva capable of provoking intense pain and paralysis in vertebrates. Victims experienced intense, excruciating pain and 1 manifested hypoesthesia in the forearm. Bites by Belostomatidae are often reported by clinicians working in areas where these insects live, but there are no detailed case reports in the medical literature. There are no specific treatment modalities known to be effective, making prevention an important strategy.
Vidal Haddad; Elisabeth F Schwartz; Carlos Alberto Schwartz; Lucélia Nobre Carvalho
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2010-01-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Wilderness & environmental medicine     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1545-1534     ISO Abbreviation:  Wilderness Environ Med     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-01     Completed Date:  2010-10-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505185     Medline TA:  Wilderness Environ Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  130-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright (c) 2010 Wilderness Medical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu-UNESP, Univ Estadual Paulista and Hospital Vital Brazil, Instituto Butantan, Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Insect Bites and Stings / epidemiology*,  pathology
Young Adult

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