Demodex spp. mites were seen in skin sections of 5 of 53 raccoons (Procyon lotor) necropsied on Parramore Island, Virginia (USA). In all infections, mites were present in the skin over the lower legs; in one raccoon they also were located in a follicle of a vibrissa. None of the raccoons had Demodex-related gross lesions. Histopathologically, minimal lesions were seen in the affected follicles. This is the first documentation of Demodex spp. in raccoons.
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