Furuncular myiasis in Italian traveler returning from Kenya

  • Ester Oliva UOC Microbiologia e Virologia, ASST “Papa Giovanni XXIII”, Bergamo, Italia
  • Graziano Bargiggia UOC Microbiologia e Virologia, ASST “Papa Giovanni XXIII”, Bergamo, Italia
  • Gianpaolo Quinzan UOC Malattie Infettive, ASST “Papa Giovanni XXIII”, Bergamo, Italia
  • Paola Lanza UOC Malattie Infettive, ASST “Papa Giovanni XXIII”, Bergamo, Italia
  • Claudio Farina UOC Microbiologia e Virologia, ASST “Papa Giovanni XXIII”, Bergamo, Italia
Keywords: Furuncular myiasis, Tumbu fly, Cordylobia anthropophaga, Kenya, traveler

Abstract

Myiasis has been defined as the infestation of organs and/or tissues with dipterous larvae. They are especially widespread in tropical and subtropical areas. Cutaneous myiasis is its most frequent clinical presentation. This report presents a case of furuncular myiasis caused by the larva of Cordylobia anthropophaga in a 22-year-old girl living in Bergamo, Northern Italy, who returned from Kenya (Watamu) with a big, painful furuncle in her right gluteus. The patient accidentally removed the larva from a large pimple and took it to the infectious disease ambulatory clinic at the ASST “Papa Giovanni XXIII” Hospital, Bergamo. In the Microbiology and Virology Department of the same hospital, a larva of C. anthropophaga was identified and the diagnosis of myiasis was confirmed.

Published
2020-01-31
How to Cite
1.
Oliva E, Bargiggia G, Quinzan G, Lanza P, Farina C (2020) Furuncular myiasis in Italian traveler returning from Kenya. J Infect Dev Ctries 14:114-116. doi: 10.3855/jidc.11560
Section
Case Reports