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The following summary is from Orphanet, a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.
Orpha Number: 591
Furuncular myiasis in humans is caused by two species: the Cayor worm (larvae of the African tumbu fly Cordylobia anthropophaga ) and the larvae of the human botfly ( Dermatobia hominis ).
The prevalence is unknown but the cases reported in Europe occur following visits to affected regions (Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa) or in association with animal importation.
In the case of Cordylobia anthropophaga , the females lay their eggs on damp fabric or on the ground. The larvae penetrate the skin following contact with the ground or with non-ironed contaminated fabric. Infection becomes evident within 10 to 15 days with the formation of a pseudo-furuncle or emergence of a maggot. Dermatobia hominis is found in Latin America. Infestation is usually localised to the scalp of infected individuals.
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Source: GARD Last updated on 05-01-20
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