Reemergence of the bedbug cimex lectularius in Seoul, Korea

In Yong Lee, Han Il Ree, Song Jun An, John Alderman Linton, Tai Soon Yong

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Abstract

A healthy 30-yr-old woman carrying an insect that had been caught in her living room visited the International Clinic at Severance Hospital, Seoul, in December 2007. The insect she brought was identified to be a nymph of a bed-bug, Cimex lectularius, and her skin rashes looked typical bedbug's bites. Her apartment was investigated, and a dead body of a bedbug, cast skins, and hatched eggs were found in her rooms and neighbors' rooms in the same building. She was living in that apartment in Seoul for 9 months since she had moved from New Jersey, USA. We assume that the bed-bugs were introduced from abroad, since there had been no report on bedbugs in Seoul for more than 2 decades at least. This is a report of a reemergence of the common bedbug, C. lectularius in Seoul, Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-271
Number of pages3
JournalKorean Journal of Parasitology
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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