African Tumbu Fly Infestation

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Travel  |  House: Booksie Classic

An African tumbu fly deposits its eggs on my skin - and its larvae burrow into my body to complete their parasitic life cycle.

It felt like something chomping away inside my left thigh and it hurt. My doctor couldn't imagine what the strange swelling was; it was shaped rather like a pyramid but without definable edges. To my horror, my doctor looked slightly amused when I suggested I had brought back an illegal immigrant from my West African holiday. 'There are two little puncture holes here,' she added, pointing to the tip of the swelling. Only later did I learn the purpose of those two tiny Vampire-like punctures - and it wasn't pleasant.

Read more at Suite101: African Tumbu Fly - Infestation from Burrowing Larvae


Submitted: May 30, 2011

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Frank Ramtahal

This is very sad and scary. Your link on West African holiday is very educational. I like it.

Mon, May 30th, 2011 7:56pm

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