Flesh-eating worms attacked two Australians


14/01/2013

A fascinating journey of two Australians Bryan Williams and Ellie Waag in South America, over a nightmare when they found themselves under the skin at the growing carnivorous worms.

During a tour of the Amazon River Basin young people have been bitten by mosquitoes, reports New Zealand Herald. When they arrived in Bolivia noted that the bites turned into abscesses that required the attention of specialists, which are found in wounds of small live worms. The latter were the larvae of the human botfly (Dermatobia hominis), a large fly that looks like a bumblebee, according to the Institute of Food and Agriculture at the University of Florida (USA). Experts have noted that this terrible stories about the contamination, the relatively good completion.

"On a gadfly there is a whole mythology, but in real life we do not give them value," - said Dr. Mark Shaw (Marc Shaw) from the Center for vaccination in New Zealand in its submission edition New Zealand Herald. "This is a very small parasites, but can easily infect the human body."

The life cycle of gadfly living in Central and South America, is quite unusual. The female chooses a gadfly blood-sucking insects - usually a mosquito or tick - and lays eggs on it.

When a mosquito or tick bites a human or other warm-blooded mammal, eggs, feeling the difference in temperature, turn into larvae that migrate to the new body formed by the host through the bite wound.

After eight weeks, the larvae drop out of the wound into the soil, where it is transformed into winged insects, according to the data of the Institute of Food and Agriculture at the University of Florida.

Gadflies, not known to spread infections, and from them is relatively easy to get rid of: a wound should be covered with petroleum jelly to suffocate the larvae, and then carefully remove them with tweezers.

Dr. Shaw also said that the best way to prevent infection gadflies - avoid mosquito bites: wear long-sleeved clothing and use protection from insects.

Original in (English.) Livescience.com Translation: M. Potter


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