More Ant Allergies

Asian Needle Ant

Asian Needle Ant
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Systemic allergic reactions to the vemon from ant stings is rare in Korea.  Most reports of ant sting allergy identify ants in the genus, Pachycondyla as the culprit. This includes several cases of systemic allergic reactions to the Asian Needle Ant, Pachycondyla chinensis, some leading to anaphylaxis. The Asian Needle Ant has become an invasive species in Southeastern United States from Georgia to Virginia where it has displaced some of the native ants. The sting is reputed to be “”very painful”. Unlike fire ants, they retreat when approached rather than attack. Although their prime habitat is forested areas, they are also found in urban areas where they may come in contact with humans. At least two documented cases of anaphylaxis due to Asian Needle Ant stings have been reported.

*Sun-Sin Kim, MD; Hae-Sim Park, MD; Hee-Yeon Kim, MD; Soo-Keol Lee, MD; and Dong-Ho Nahm, MD. 2001.   Anaphylaxis caused by the new ant, Pachycondyla chinensis: Demonstration of specific IgE and IgE-binding components.  J ALLERGY CLIN IMMUNOL.  107: 1095-1099.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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