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Long Island Woman Hospitalized For Bird Mites

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, June 09, 2008 9:11 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Dust Mites, Allergies, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Dangerous Drugs, Insecticides

Birds carry mites that have infested one woman who is hospitalized.



IMAGE SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons/ wild bird, Passer hispaniolensis/ author: Baldhur


Nina Bradica says she can feel the tiny bird mites biting and crawling around on her skin.

Bradica, 47, was in quarantine Friday in a Long Island hospital after being infested with the parasites that live on wild birds.

The hospital says there is no public health concern as the mites live everywhere and do not live long on human hosts.  The mites are aggressive, arachnids that live on domestic and wild birds and survive by drinking blood.

Bradicia is being treated with a topical cream while she is in isolation.

Her doctor says the mites crawl under the skin of birds but not humans.  She says she is itching from the tiny black specks that feel like pinpricks on her chest and pelvis.

One can become infested by having contact with a wild bird and Bradica says she might have touched one when she reached into a bathroom vent where birds had built a nest.

Investigators confirm the mites had spread from the bird nest.

She is not paying the rent on her Levittown home and her landlord is in the process of evicting her.

“I didn’t pay the rent because why should I pay for living in misery?” she told Newsday.

Vacuuming daily reduces mites and sometimes homes have to be fumigated. On humans, nontoxic cedar oil can be used as well as Bayer’s beta-cyfluthrin among other insecticides. #

1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by jane
Sunday, July 06, 2008 3:32 PM EST

Finally someone is reporting on this infestation. Google morgellons lymes and bird mites. I live in a 400 acre wildlife sanctuary and have been an avid bird watcher and feeder. No longer a feeder just watcher. I was infested with this mite for years have also been diagnosed western blot positive for lymes. !00's of birds are invested with some type of parasite. I don't know if something is changin or a new predator has entered our country. Perhaps this warrants more news coverage.

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