tropical rat mite


: a widely distributed mite (Ornithonyssus bacoti of the family Macronyssidae) that is primarily a parasite of rodents but sometimes bites humans causing painful itching and irritation and that has been implicated as a vector or potential vector of various diseases

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“Tropical rat mite.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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