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Dermal Myiasis Caused by the Rabbit Botfly (Cuterebra sp)

Dermal Myiasis Caused by the Rabbit Botfly (Cuterebra sp) Abstract Human myiasis is the invasion of body tissues or cavities by the larvae of flies of the order Diptera. Native to North America are the more than 20 species of Cuterebra botfly. They are obligatory dermal parasites of many rodent and rabbit hosts. Occasionally they cause myiasis in a variety of accidental hosts, including dogs, cats, hogs, cattle, mules, deer, and man.1,2 We report what is believed to be the 11th case of human myiasis due to the rabbit botfly and the first noted in the dermatologic literature. Report of a Case A 1-year-old girl had a furuncle-like lesion under her chin of four days' duration (Fig 1). Her mother had expressed an 8-mm "worm" from the lesion earlier that day (Fig 2). The patient was otherwise in good health and responded promptly to oral erythromycin therapy and a topically applied antibiotic ointment.The larva was later identified as References 1. Saloman PF, Catts EP, Knox WG: Human dermal myiasis caused by rabbit botfly in Connecticut . JAMA 213:1035-1036, 1970.Crossref 2. James MT: The Flies That Cause Myiasis in Man, miscellaneous publication 631 . US Dept of Agriculture, 1947, pp 98-100. 3. Lee DJ: Human myiasis in Australia . Med J Aust 1:170-173, 1968. 4. Schreiber MM, Schuckwell N, Sampsel J: Human myiasis . JAMA 188:828-829, 1964.Crossref 5. Young JW: Dermal myiasis . Arch Dermatol 49:309-311, 1944. 6. Rice PL, Douglas GW: Myiasis in man by Cuterebra (Diptera: Cuterebridae) . Ann Entomol Soc Am 65:514-516, 1972. 7. Catts EP: Biology of a California rodent botfly Cuterebra lactifrons coquilett . J Med Entomol 4:87-101, 1967. 8. Dixon JM, Winkler CH, Nelson JH: Ophthalmomyiasis interna caused by Cuterebra larva . Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc 67:110-115, 1969. 9. Beachley RG, Bishop FC: Report of a case of nasal myiasis due to a botfly larva (Cuterebra sp) . Va Med 69:41-42, 1942. 10. Rodrigues MM, Weiss CB, Muncy DW: Ophthalmomyiasis of the eyelid caused by Cuterebra larva . Am J Ophthalmol 78:1024-1026, 1974. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Dermal Myiasis Caused by the Rabbit Botfly (Cuterebra sp)

Archives of Dermatology , Volume 115 (1) – Jan 1, 1979

Dermal Myiasis Caused by the Rabbit Botfly (Cuterebra sp)

Abstract

Abstract Human myiasis is the invasion of body tissues or cavities by the larvae of flies of the order Diptera. Native to North America are the more than 20 species of Cuterebra botfly. They are obligatory dermal parasites of many rodent and rabbit hosts. Occasionally they cause myiasis in a variety of accidental hosts, including dogs, cats, hogs, cattle, mules, deer, and man.1,2 We report what is believed to be the 11th case of human myiasis due to the rabbit botfly and the first noted in...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1979 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-987X
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1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1979.04010010069025
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Abstract

Abstract Human myiasis is the invasion of body tissues or cavities by the larvae of flies of the order Diptera. Native to North America are the more than 20 species of Cuterebra botfly. They are obligatory dermal parasites of many rodent and rabbit hosts. Occasionally they cause myiasis in a variety of accidental hosts, including dogs, cats, hogs, cattle, mules, deer, and man.1,2 We report what is believed to be the 11th case of human myiasis due to the rabbit botfly and the first noted in the dermatologic literature. Report of a Case A 1-year-old girl had a furuncle-like lesion under her chin of four days' duration (Fig 1). Her mother had expressed an 8-mm "worm" from the lesion earlier that day (Fig 2). The patient was otherwise in good health and responded promptly to oral erythromycin therapy and a topically applied antibiotic ointment.The larva was later identified as References 1. Saloman PF, Catts EP, Knox WG: Human dermal myiasis caused by rabbit botfly in Connecticut . JAMA 213:1035-1036, 1970.Crossref 2. James MT: The Flies That Cause Myiasis in Man, miscellaneous publication 631 . US Dept of Agriculture, 1947, pp 98-100. 3. Lee DJ: Human myiasis in Australia . Med J Aust 1:170-173, 1968. 4. Schreiber MM, Schuckwell N, Sampsel J: Human myiasis . JAMA 188:828-829, 1964.Crossref 5. Young JW: Dermal myiasis . Arch Dermatol 49:309-311, 1944. 6. Rice PL, Douglas GW: Myiasis in man by Cuterebra (Diptera: Cuterebridae) . Ann Entomol Soc Am 65:514-516, 1972. 7. Catts EP: Biology of a California rodent botfly Cuterebra lactifrons coquilett . J Med Entomol 4:87-101, 1967. 8. Dixon JM, Winkler CH, Nelson JH: Ophthalmomyiasis interna caused by Cuterebra larva . Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc 67:110-115, 1969. 9. Beachley RG, Bishop FC: Report of a case of nasal myiasis due to a botfly larva (Cuterebra sp) . Va Med 69:41-42, 1942. 10. Rodrigues MM, Weiss CB, Muncy DW: Ophthalmomyiasis of the eyelid caused by Cuterebra larva . Am J Ophthalmol 78:1024-1026, 1974.

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 1, 1979

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