Funding for this research was provided by:
Wellcome Trust (104021/Z/14/Z)
Received: 12 December 2018
Accepted: 18 July 2019
First Online: 26 July 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethics committee approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board (Registration Number: ECR/326/INST/TN/2013 issued under Rule 122D of the Drugs & Cosmetics Rule 1945, Govt. of India) of Christian Medical College, Vellore to conduct the study. Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) of the Christian Medical College, Vellore (Registration number: 88/PO/RcBi/SL/1999/CPCSEA registered with Committee for the Purpose of Control And Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India) approval was also obtained for trapping of rodents to obtain mite chiggers. Written informed consent was obtained from a parent/guardian of all children who were enrolled in the study. Written assent was obtained from all children above the age of 8 years in addition to the parent/guardian consent. The rodents and shrews were captured using traps and anaesthetized to obtain mites from them. All rodents and shrews were released back in the same environment after obtaining the mites.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.