Fur mites of the genus Cheyletiella are whitish or brownish white and 0.2-0.5 mm long. They live their entire lives in the fur of mammals. The fur mites that are of interest to people live on dogs, cats and rabbits. None of fur mites can live or breed on humans. However, they may crawl onto humans and bite. Fur mite bites cause an itchy skin disease called cheyletiellosis or walking dandruff. It is difficult to diagnose. It often takes several visits to the doctors and veterinarians before the diagnosis is made. You cannot make a certain diagnosis until you see the fur mites or their webs on the host.
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