A 40-Year-Old Man with Ulcerated Skin Lesions Caused by Bites of Safari Ants

Leonardo Chianura Department of Infectious Diseases, Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital, Milan, Italy; Department of Medicine, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy

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Federica Pozzi Department of Infectious Diseases, Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital, Milan, Italy; Department of Medicine, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy

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We report a 40-year old man in Uganda with ulcerated skins lesions, hypotension, and anaphylaxis caused by bites of safari ants. Treatment was successful. Physicians should be aware of anaphylaxis caused by ant bites.

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*Address correspondence to Leonardo Chianura, Department of Infectious Diseases, Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital, Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3, 20162 Milan, Italy. E-mail: leochianura@libero.it

Authors' addresses: Leonardo Chianura, Department of Infectious Diseases, Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital, Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3, 20162 Milan, Italy. Federica Pozzi, Department of Medicine, San Raffaele Hospital, Via Olgettina 60, 20132 Milan, Italy.

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