FACTSHEET | Jan. 26, 2021

Chiggers

Chiggers are tiny, six-legged wingless larvae that mature to become a type of mite. Chiggers are typically found in tall grass, weeds and the edges of woodlands. Their bite causes severe itching and red pimple-like bumps or hives. Chigger bites can transmit the bacteria Orientia tsutsugamushi, which causes scrub typhus, a disease without a vaccine. AFRIMS conducts surveillance for chiggers and scrub typhus across Southeast Asia.

The primary department at AFRIMS involved with this research is EntomologyClick here to partner with us.