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Tungiasis in a Beach Volleyball Player

A Case Report

Stefano Veraldi Dipartimento di Anestesiologia, Terapia Intensiva e Scienze Dermatologiche, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione I.R.C.C.S., Ca’ Granda - Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy.

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Marta Valsecchi Dipartimento di Anestesiologia, Terapia Intensiva e Scienze Dermatologiche, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione I.R.C.C.S., Ca’ Granda - Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy.

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Tungiasis is an infestation caused by penetration of the skin by the gravid female of the flea Tunga penetrans Linnaeus 1758 (Insecta, Siphonaptera: Tungidae). Tunga penetrans is currently found in Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Central Asia. Prevalence is very high in Brazil. We present a case of tungiasis in an Italian beach volleyball player who acquired the infestation in Brazil. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 101(4): 353–355, 2011)

Corresponding author: Stefano Veraldi, MD, Dipartimento di Anestesiologia, Terapia Intensiva e Scienze Dermatologiche, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione I.R.C.C.S., Ca’ Granda - Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Via Pace 9, Milan, 20122, Italy. (E-mail: stefano.veraldi@unimi.it)