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Rove beetles around - take care.....

Rove beetles around - take care.....

Old Oct 14th 2015, 8:50 am
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Default Rove beetles around - take care.....

Those of you close to jungley bits may want to take care. If you get any nasty unexplained rashes and other symptoms, you may have been bitten by a rove beetle.

I currently know of 2 people in the Ferringhi area who are suffering, and 1 possible in Tanjung Bungah hillside. It can be very nasty.

They are quite small insects...less than a centimetre in length. If you see one landed on you, do not touch it or flick it off. Just try and blow the thing off.

You can read up about it here:
DOCFILES: Paederus Dermatitis / Rove Beetle Dermatitis Pictures

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Old Oct 14th 2015, 10:19 am
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Yep, cousin and I both victims of the Rove Beetle - were sharing a cabin on a cruise in Northern Vietnam last month.

Have to say appearance much worse than any ill effects. Not itchy at all (& I suffer terribly with mosquito bites); about day 3 affected area was very hot to touch. According to NSW Health Dept website best remedies: cold compression packs, anti-histamines and aloe vera. All over in about 10 days; altho over a month later area is still very dry (to be fair I haven't been religious in applying moisturizer).

Several others on the cruise came down with gastro which confined them to their cabins for the odd day. We think we experienced the lesser of two evils
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Good warning BB...those rove bettles, or known as tomcats here in Indonesia, are toxic.
I had one on my hand and inadvertently crossed my arms and the toxin spread. If it happens, especially to a child, best to get under the shower or bath right away and wash the toxins.
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