Where do tumbu flies live?

The tumbu fly is endemic to the tropical regions of Africa, south of the Sahara. Myiasis caused by C. anthropophaga is the most common cause of myiasis in Africa, but can be seen worldwide because of air travel, as human movements carry infestation outside endemic areas.

Can you get myiasis in Australia?

Myiasis does not occur in Australia and local doctors are not required to report cases to State or Federal health authorities.

How common are botfly infections?

Myiasis caused by endemic Cuterebra species in the US and Canada is rare, with approximately 60 cases reported in the past 70 years [1]. Most Cuterebra infections manifest as furuncular myiasis with second instar larvae [1] or respiratory infection from mature third-instar larvae [2].

How do you know if you have myiasis?

Typical symptoms of furuncular myiasis include itching, a sensation of movement, and sometimes sharp, stabbing pain. At first, people have a small red bump that may resemble a common insect bite or the beginning of a pimple (furuncle). Later, the bump enlarges, and a small opening may be visible at the center.

Are there Mangoworms in the US?

They are native to East Africa, South Africa, and Uganda, but there have been cases in other countries, like the United States, on rare occurrences.

Is there Botfly in Australia?

In Australia, there are three species of bot fly, all within the genus Gasterophilus: G. intestinalis, G. nasalis and less common, G. haemorrhoidalis.

What states have botflies?

Our most common bot fly is Cuterebra fontinella, reported to occur in most of the continental US (except Alaska), plus southern Canada and Northeastern Mexico.

Why do maggots appear in the human body?

The adult flies are not parasitic, but when they lay their eggs in open wounds and these hatch into their larval stage (also known as maggots or grubs), the larvae feed on live or necrotic tissue, causing myiasis to develop. They may also be ingested or enter through other body apertures.