Case of the Week 585

And now for something completely unrelated to COVID-19.

This week's fun case was generously donated by Florida Fan. For those of you able to get outdoors, keep a look out for these little critters. For those of you stuck inside, you might be happy that you are missing them. What's the identification?

Read Dr. Pritt's blog, Parasite Wonders, and submit your answers, comments, and questions. Also, visit her website ParasiteWonders.com, which hosts an archive of classic images from cases Dr. Pritt posted going back to 2007 (in an easy-to-search "A through Z" format) and also offers a flashcard feature.

Answer to Case 585:

Hard tick, Ixodes scapularis, unengorged adult female with intact mouth parts.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., is Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Her research interests are in clinical parasitology, vector-borne diseases, trainee education, and appropriate test utilization.