Medical Term:

Laelaps echidninus

Pronunciation: lē′laps ē′kid-nī′nŭs

Definition: The spiny rat mite, a common worldwide ectoparasite of the wild Norway rat and occasionally found on the house mouse, cotton rat, and other rodents; it is the natural vector of Hepatozoon muris and can transmit the agent of tularemia experimentally. Junin virus has been isolated from this species in South America.

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