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Old 06-16-2004, 07:24 AM   #1
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Occasionally a traveller in Africa or South America returns home or even sends a horrified email as they have found a small ‘thing’ or maggot in a wound. This is a fly larva or ‘baby’ fly. The medical name for this condition is Myiasis

The regions that travellers catch this are Africa and South America. The fly behaves slightly differently in each part of the world i.e. lays its eggs in different places. The larva penetrates the skin (some can even go through clothes on the way! ) Once the larva gets in, a sore develops which as a small pimple and evolves into what looks like a boil. There may be some pain associated with it.

There is usually only one larva per ‘boil’, but many travellers have several boils as they catch a few at a time. The larva makes a tiny breathing hole in the skin and if you cover the hole, the larva may come out. Sometimes you need to carefully remove the larva. Once the larva has gone, the wound will heal without problems. Treat as per the wound guidelines.

Incidentally if you did not kill it, the larvae develop to maturity (e.g. for D hominis over a period of 5-10 weeks.) When mature, they emerge from the host, fall to the ground, and pupate. The adult fly emerges several weeks later.
Wow, thats fud up! But just another something to watch for!
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ERRRGGHHH GOD BOT FLYS :greenguy:
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EWWWWW! *itches skin and runs in circles screaming that the maggots are eating her*

I hate having mosquitoes around and now I got to worry about evil santa flies.
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i twicht uncontrolby with this subject
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bleh eew ick yikes shudder. aaaaaaack. ew yuck.

not cool. I usually have a cast-iron stomach but that is SO NOT COOL.

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That is so disgusting... I could not imagine a fly larvae just plopping up out of my skin and flopping on the floor. That would be so sick. I will have to keep an eye out for all pimples now...

Oh and Amber... they are gonna get you and eat you alive!!!!! mwahahahaha. I hear they have those in Kalamazoo. (just kidding)
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Thats minging, its like somthing of Alien!
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Umm . . . ewww.

Thanks for posting this though. With all the things I've been trying to think of as far as health precautions for my trip to Africa, this didn't even come to mind.

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