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Injuries from Coleoptera.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2593912     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effects of Coleoptera (beetles) on humans in the Australian region are surveyed. Ill-effects range from the immediate trauma of a bite, possibly with minor effects from the beetle's salivary secretions, to the effects of the vesicating beetles of the families Meloidae, Oedemeridae and Staphylinidae, and also the acute corneal erosion that is attributed to the small beetle Orthoperus sp. (family Corylophidae) in southeastern Australia. Reference also is made to other effects that are known as a result of beetle metabolites or structures, such as "carpet beetle dermatitis" from the irritating hairs of Anthrenus larvae (family Dermestidae), and inhalational asthma from beetles, notably the grain weevil Sitophilus, the causative agent of certain cases of grain-worker's asthma. Beetles as human intestinal inhabitants, and their role as intermediary hosts of metazoal diseases are discussed.
R V Southcott
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  151     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:    1989 Dec 4-18
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-01-22     Completed Date:  1990-01-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  654-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / etiology
Cantharidin / adverse effects
Dermatitis, Contact / etiology
Hypersensitivity / etiology*
Insect Bites and Stings*
Keratoconjunctivitis / etiology
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