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Vet Med Int


Mange in Rabbits: An Ectoparasitic Disease with a Zoonotic Potential.


Abd El-Ghany WA
Vet Med Int. 2022; 2022:5506272.
PMID: 35880196.


Mange in rabbits is a very important parasitic disease causing high losses. The disease is caused mainly by , , , and . Body mange and ear mange are the most common forms of this disease in rabbits. Animals can get mite infestation through direct contact with infected animals or contaminated fomites. This infestation is characterized by zoonotic nature and public health burden. The skin affection is characterized by pruritus, alopecia, severe cachexia, and sometimes death. Infestation is diagnosed mainly by skin scraping and microscopic examination. Control measures mainly depend on the use of different types of systemic and topical acaricides and the use of natural products and supportive elements. Vaccine is not commercially available and is still under investigation. Accordingly, this review article was designed to shed the light on the mange disease in rabbits in terms of mite's infestation and susceptibility, clinical manifestations, zoonosis, diagnosis, and control strategies.