Name This Parasite
Clue #1- We live in the ear.
Clue #2- Humans are generally immune to us.
Clue #3- We cause coffee ground-like discharge
The answer: Ear Mites
Ear mites are tiny infectious organisms that can just barely be seen with the naked eye, but usually must be detected by examining a sample of ear debris under a microscope. Ear mites usually produce a dry black ear discharge that is commonly said to resemble coffee grounds.
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