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One Linuche mystery solved: all 3 stages of the coronate scyphomedusa Linuche unguiculata cause seabather's eruption.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11260536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Seabather's eruption (SBE) is a highly pruritic dermatosis affecting swimmers and divers in marine waters off Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. Its cause has been attributed to various organisms but recently to the larvae of the schyphomedusa, Linuche unguiculata. OBJECTIVE: We attempted to determine whether immature and adult Linuche cause SBE. METHODS: Episodes of SBE in the Cancun and Cozumel area of the Mexican Caribbean were evaluated during the season of high tourism (January-June). This time corresponds to the moments in the life cycle when the three swimming stages of L unguiculata-ephyrae, medusae, and larvae-can be sequentially observed. Our methods include (1) observations by divers, biologists, and students coinciding with stinging outbreaks and the onset of SBE; (2) serologic evaluation of individuals stung by L unguiculata; and (3) the demonstration of Linuche nematocysts on the affected skin. RESULTS: All 3 swimming Linuche stages can cause SBE. CONCLUSION: The offending stages of Linuche can be identified by the cutaneous lesion's morphology and the time of year.
L Segura-Puertas; M E Ramos; C Aramburo; E P Heimer De La Cotera; J W Burnett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0190-9622     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-22     Completed Date:  2001-06-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  624-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Neurobiologia Campus-Juriquilla, Queretaro and Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, Cancun, Q. Roo, Mexico.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cnidarian Venoms / poisoning*
Life Cycle Stages
Middle Aged
Pruritus / etiology*
Scyphozoa / growth & development
Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous / etiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cnidarian Venoms

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