Tunga penetrans

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Noun1.Tunga penetrans - small tropical fleaTunga penetrans - small tropical flea; the fertile female burrows under the skin of the host including humans
flea - any wingless bloodsucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap
genus Tunga, Tunga - a genus of Siphonaptera
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The girl's case was found to be an infection called Tungiasis, caused by a sand flea called Tunga penetrans. Such fleas are found in tropical and subtropical parts of the world, mostly in Central and South American countries.
Jigger infestation is caused by an impregnated female sand flea called tunga penetrans which burrows into various parts of the body and lays eggs there, causing pus-filled sores.
Only the species Tunga penetrans and rarely Tunga trimamillata cause the disease in humans (1).
Tungiasis is a skin disease caused by the sand flea "Tunga penetrans"; the disease is endemic in some poor resource communities where various domestic and sylvatic animals act as reservoirs for this zoonosis [1].
Repetitive sequences in the ITS1 region of the ribosomal DNA of Tunga penetrans and other flea species (Insecta: Siphonaptera).
A minority of these genera live in close association with humans (synanthropic), including fleas of these species: Pulex irritans, Ctenocephalides felis, Ctenocephalides canis, Xenopsylla cheopis, Nosopsyllus fasciatus, Echidnophaga gallinacea, and Tunga penetrans (1).
Tungiasis, a neglected ectoparasitic disease, arises when the female jigger flea, Tunga penetrans, burrows into the epidermis of its host.
Tunga penetrans ha desarrollado, desde el punto de vista del comportamiento hospedador-parasito y de su morfologia, una mayor evolucion que el resto de las pulgas, dado que las hembras gravidas penetran en la epidermis del hospedador (Lareschi et al., 2005).