Spotlight on avian pathology : red mite, a serious emergent problem in layer hens

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-535
Journal / PublicationAvian Pathology
Issue number6
Online published29 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


Dermanyssus gallinae, the poultry red mite, is currently the most important ectoparasite of the egg laying industry worldwide with an expanding global prevalence. As a blood-feeder, it causes anaemia and severe welfare issues to the hens and it is a major cause of economic losses. It is also a vector for Salmonella species, avian influenza and potentially for other vector-borne pathogens. Paradoxically, there is a notable lack of funding for research into poultry red mite and an urgent need for effective and safe control strategies, sustainable therapies, prophylactics and integrated pest management.

Research Area(s)

  • control, economic losses, laying hens, Parasite, research, welfare