NATS 4205 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Delusional Parasitosis, Forensic Entomology, Chagas Disease

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Medical entomology: impact of insects on human health (mostly physical, also mental) 19th century: arthropods + insects rst show to transmit important diseases. Most diseases: usually transmitted to multiple species (some accidentally come to us) Veterinary entomology: impact of insects on domesticated animals (cows, dogs, etc. ) Blood deeding insects: common for each to carry several di erent viruses. Sucking lice (anoplura): us + animals (body & public lice) not common to carry disease. Bed bugs (cimicidae): feed human blood; urban/hotels, bite&no disease, bed sheets. Kissing bugs (triatomidae): bite around face/mouth; feed blood; carries chagas. Chagas: like sleeping sickness disease in africa, but in latin/north america. Eas (siphonaptera): mostly other mammals/pets; can carry plague to mice. Black ies (simuliidae): chewing/lapping tear skin feed blood; disease not in na. Biting midges (ceratopogonidae): same as black y but smaller; disease not in na. Horse/deer ies (tabanidae): scissor like mouthpart; mainly mammals; eat esh/blood.

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