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A Tick infesting the Nostrils of Man


AN interesting example of the necessity for co-operation in the solution of complex problems of tick bionomics was recently brought to my notice by Dr. V. G. L. Van Someren of Nairobi and concerns infestation of the nostrils of man by the immature nymph stage of a tick belonging to the genus Amblyomma. These nymphs are white and were removed from the nostrils of three different persons, namely, Mr. D. Van Someren, Dr. V. G. L. Van Someren and Mr. T. H. E. Jackson, during visits to the depths of primary tropical rain forest in Uganda. The two former-mentioned persons were infested while in the Budongo Forest of Bunyoro during July 1952 ; the two latter while in the Kayonza Forest of Kigezi (known also as the Impenetrable Forest) during May and June 1957. A single example of the same tick was also found by Dr. Van Someren as it crawled up his neck when in the Kibali Forest of Toro.

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WALTON, G. A Tick infesting the Nostrils of Man. Nature 188, 1131–1132 (1960).

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