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Old 11-14-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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She went to Belize and grew this thing in her head! Yikes! I've been there and they warned us to use "Off" on the side trip to a zoo deep in Belize! Really cool zoo - no cages!

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Old 11-14-2010, 09:10 PM   #2
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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They're fairly common I think.
My sister had one pulled out of her leg when she got back home to Dublin having been traveling for a while.

Quite unpleasant none the less.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:45 AM   #4
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The YouTube video was quite accurate in describing the life cycle of this interesting insect - see human bot fly - Dermatobia hominis Linnaeus, Jr.) for a more detailed account. A friend of mine also acquired one of these on a trip to Belize during the 1980s; he allowed it to develop (on his shoulder) so he could do a 'show and tell' at a monthly meeting of the Washington (D.C.) Entomological Society...
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:21 AM   #5
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That's true dedication to the cause! Any chance he went to Belize hoping to catch one?

And that page had good additional info and pics. Thanks!
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The Botfly Living in Ed Stafford's Head on Vimeo
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:58 PM   #7
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That is one gross critter!

I had a patient when I was a resident in San Jose, CA, a homeless man who had been unconscious in a car for three days (but still alive, and he survived). He had fly maggots in multiple places in his scalp. I presume they weren't bot flies, which are Central and South American, but some related species perhaps. Suunto, is that sort of thing at all common in the US in the homeless population?
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:36 AM   #8
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I had a patient when I was a resident in San Jose, CA, a homeless man who had been unconscious in a car for three days (but still alive, and he survived). He had fly maggots in multiple places in his scalp. I presume they weren't bot flies, which are Central and South American, but some related species perhaps. Suunto, is that sort of thing at all common in the US in the homeless population?
The maggots in your instance most likely were in the family Sarcophagidae, which includes several species that can infest open wounds/sores, etc. I know that this has been reported in institutional settings, but not having seen any statistics, I really can't comment as to how common this is. See MYIASIS for a detailed article on myiasis (infestation of tissue with fly larvae).
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:21 PM   #10
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