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Subject: Chiggers
From: "Lisa & Dominic" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 19:58:46 +1000
Whilst sitting here scratching my Chigger bites and perusing last week's 
birding aus postings I was very interested to follow the discussion on Chiggers.

While prevention is better than cure, as a cure I have been using a product 
recommended to be by Dr Robert McKay called CALMOSEPTINE. This is actually 
intended for nappy rash but does have similar soothing properties.

Last week in Tari in New Guinea I received a mild attack of Chiggers, which 
could be described as like invisible mosquitoes on steroids.

On another trip last month to Madang I ended up with a more serious attack at 
the Ohu Butterfly Sanctuary, with my feet ending up looking exactly like 
Gunnar's photo. Unbelievably itchy, but it was all worth it to watch the Lesser 
Birds of Paradise displaying. We also all ended up with varying degrees of itch 
up at the otherwise sensational Keki lodge.

They are also common down at Kiunga. One of the local guides told me a story of 
a birding group that came out from England. On day 4 of their tour, at Kiunga, 
the main guide was so severely 'Chiggered' that he had had to go back to 
England, leaving the rest of the group to guide themselves for a month.

Best to avoid them really.


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