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2021 May 14

Clin Toxicol (Phila)

Human exposure to larvae of processionary moths in France: study of symptomatic cases registered by the French poison control centres between 2012 and 2019.


Vasseur P, Sinno-Tellier S, Rousselet J, Langrand J, Roques A, Bloch J, Labadie M
Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2021 May 14:1-8.
PMID: 33988056.


Contact with the setae of larvae (caterpillars) of pine or oak processionary moths could induce urticarial or allergic reactions in humans. These species are present in France and presently expanding towards highly populated areas due to climate change and/or human-mediated translocations. We aimed to describe the symptomatic cases of exposure to processionary larvae in France.