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Cutaneous myiasis in visitors to Central America.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  515759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Six cases of cutaneous myiasis occurred in three groups of visitors to Guatemala between February and May 1978. Attack rates ranged from 12% to 50%. Furuncular lesions were generally multiple and involved both exposed and usually unexposed areas of the body. Parasitic fly larvae recovered from two patients were identified as the botfly, Dermatobia hominis. Botfly infestation is endemic in areas of Central and South America and is acquired indirectly through the bite of carrier arthropods, including mosquitoes. Although reports of cases in North Americans visting endemic areas are rare, the condition is probably much more common in such persons than it is currently believed to be. A history of travel to Central or South America should suggest the diagnosis.
T J Dondero; W Schaffner; R Athanasiou; W Maguire
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1979 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-02-28     Completed Date:  1980-02-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1508-11     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Myiasis / diagnosis*,  etiology,  pathology
Retrospective Studies
Skin Diseases / diagnosis*,  etiology,  pathology
United States

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