Author(s): How E.H.; Yap D.; Mbakada N.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports; Nov 2017; vol. 11 (no. 1)
Publication Date: Nov 2017
Publication Type(s): Article
Available at Journal of Medical Case Reports - from BioMed Central
Abstract:Background: Furuncular myiasis is a parasitic infection of a live mammal by fly larvae commonly seen in Africa. However, with an increase in international tourism, there is a significant rise in exotic infection in non-endemic areas which can pose a diagnostic challenge to doctors and potentially lead to delay in treatment. From the current literature, only 12 cases were reported in the UK. Case presentation: We report an unusual case of multiple abscesses in a 32-year-old white British woman presenting to our Emergency department in the UK after returning from a holiday in The Gambia, West Africa. She did not complain of systemic symptoms and was otherwise fit and healthy with no significant past medical history. During examination, two maggots were expressed from the abscesses by applying lateral pressure to each lesion. The larvae were found to be Cordylobia anthropophaga. She was discharged with antibiotics to prevent secondary infection with no further follow-up. Conclusion: With globalization, the need for increasing awareness of tropical diseases has become important to win the battle against future epidemics.Copyright © 2017 The Author(s).
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