Skin lesions caused by Tabanus bovinus bites

Stefano Veraldi, Luigi Esposito

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We report seven Caucasian adult patients who were bitten by horseflies (Tabanus bovinus Linnaeus, 1758) during a trip to Bolivia. Clinical picture was superimposable in all patients: it was characterized by multiple, erythematous, roundish, flattened, large plaques, often with a central point corresponding to horsefly bite, surrounded by satellite, similar, although smaller, lesions. All lesions were located on the neck and/or the upper chest and/or the shoulders; one patient had lesions also on the face. All patients complained of pain at the site of the bite. No systemic symptoms and/or signs were recorded. Rapid recovery was achieved with topical corticosteroids. It is possible that this clinical presentation is pathognomonic of horsefly bites.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbertax 049
JournalJournal of Travel Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2017


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