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Bed bugs can cause severe anaemia in adults

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A 60-year-old woman and her 67-year-old male partner, admitted for pneumonia and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, respectively, had severe anaemia (Hb 5.3 and 5.2 g/dL, respectively), as a result from massive infestation with Cimex lectularius. After two erythrocyte transfusions and thorough decontamination, their clinical course was unremarkable.

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Paulke-Korinek, M., Széll, M., Laferl, H. et al. Bed bugs can cause severe anaemia in adults. Parasitol Res 110, 2577–2579 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-011-2777-6

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