The oak processionary caterpillar as the cause of an epidemic airborne disease: survey and analysis.

@article{Maier2003TheOP,
  title={The oak processionary caterpillar as the cause of an epidemic airborne disease: survey and analysis.},
  author={Harald Maier and Wolfgang Spiegel and Tamar Kinaciyan and Hannes Krehan and Astra Cabaj and Axel Schopf and Herbert H{\"o}nigsmann},
  journal={The British journal of dermatology},
  year={2003},
  volume={149 5},
  pages={990-7}
}
BACKGROUND Thaumetopoea processionea L. (order Lepidoptera), the oak processionary moth, is found in oak forests in most European countries. Its third to sixth larval instars are armed with poisonous hairs (setae) containing an urticating toxin (thaumetopoein) potentially harmful to humans. Because T. processionea infests trees at the edges of forests or standing alone people frequently come into contact with its setae. In the woodland bordering on the western suburbs of Vienna conditions… CONTINUE READING

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