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Bedbugs

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  • Philippe Parola, M.D., Ph.D.,
  • and Arezki Izri, M.D., Ph.D.

Bedbug infestations are often recognized when patients present with skin lesions; suggestive lesions should prompt advice to investigate for bedbugs. Insecticides are of limited effectiveness; mechanical methods (often including heat) are preferred.

Funding and Disclosures

Disclosure forms provided by the authors are available with the full text of this article at NEJM.org.

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

We thank Jean-Michel Berenger (Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Mditerrane Infection, Marseille, France), Pascal Delaunay (University Hospital of Nice, Nice, France), and Mohammad Akhoundi (Avicenne Hospital, Bobigny, France) for reviewing this article and sharing the images obtained during our collaborative investigations. We also thank our patients for giving permission to publish the photographs of their skin lesions.

Author Affiliations

From the VITROME (VecteursCInfections Tropicales et Mditerranennes) Research Unit, Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Mditerrane Infection, Marseille (P.P.), and the ParasitologyCMycology Department, Avicenne Hospital, Bobigny (A.I.) both in France.

Address reprint requests to Dr. Parola at Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Mditerrane Infection, 19-21 Blvd. Jean Moulin, Marseille 13005, France, or at .

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