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Wells’ syndrome-like reaction following Argas reflexus bites Volume 28, issue 2, March-April 2018

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1 Dermatology Department, Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud, Pierre Bénite, France
2 University Claude Bernard Lyon1, INSERM U1111, Lyon, France
3 Department of Infection and Immunity, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
4 Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, CHU Lyon-Sud, Pierre Bénite, France

Argas reflexus is an avian ectoparasite that feeds on pigeons (“pigeon tick”). When devoid of a natural host, this tick can also bite humans. In the vicinity of buildings, ticks may invade nearby apartments and bite human beings, particularly at night. The bites can cause immediate allergic reactions, ranging from acute urticarial to lethal anaphylactic reactions [1-3]. The dominant allergen of Argas reflexus, Arg r 1, is a tick salivary gland protein that has been isolated and expressed in E. coli[3]. [...]