Outbreak of caterpillar dermatitis caused by airborne hairs of the mistletoe browntail moth (Euproctis edwardsi)

@article{Balit2001OutbreakOC,
  title={Outbreak of caterpillar dermatitis caused by airborne hairs of the mistletoe browntail moth (Euproctis edwardsi)},
  author={C. Balit and H. Ptolemy and M. Geary and R. Russell and G. Isbister},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  year={2001},
  volume={175}
}
  • C. Balit, H. Ptolemy, +2 authors G. Isbister
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Medical Journal of Australia
  • Caterpillars may be an under‐recognised cause of skin and eye reactions. We report a four‐month outbreak of recurrent papulourticarial rash among staff and visitors at a community centre. The cause was eventually diagnosed as airborne hairs from caterpillars of the mistletoe browntail moth (Euproctis edwardsi), which infested a eucalypt tree growing in front of the centre. To our knowledge, this is the first clear case of airborne caterpillar hairs causing dermatitis in an indoor environment. 
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