Cimex Lectularius or Bed Bugs : Vector of Infectious Agents and Pathogenic Role

2010-07-15 17:00:00 | BioPortfolio


During the last years, the investigators were the witness to the increase of a old emerging pest due to bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) in the world. Insecticides resistances apparitions and internationals transports increases seem to be the reasons of the pest. Cimex lectularius as vector of parasites, bacteria or virus was often suggested although not much observation are recently investigated in France. This study intends to examine the vectorial ability and the direct pathogenicity of Cimex lectularius.

Study Design

Control: Uncontrolled, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention




Collection of the bedbugs and dermatological follow-up of the stings


Collection of the bedbugs and dermatological follow-up of the stings




Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice

Results (where available)

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