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FORATTINI, Oswaldo Paulo. The Cimicidae and their importance in Public Health (Hemiptera-Heteroptera; Cimicidae). Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1990, vol.24, suppl., pp.1-37. ISSN 1518-8787.

A review of the Cimicidae of importance in public health is presented. After a general morphological study, special attention is given to knowledge of the biology and ecology of bed-bugs, mainly as regards their relation to the human environment and the possibility of their role in disease transmission. The species Cimex lectularius and C. hemipterus are given particular attention and data on their relevance to questions of public health are revised. Taxonomy, biosystematic and geographical distribution are presented, the epidemiologically important groups listed and control measures discussed. The paper ends with identification keys for both adult and immature stages as well as for arthropod indoor fecal traces.

Keywords : Bedbugs; Ecology, vectors; Insect vectors; Domiciliation.

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