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Cutaneous Myiasis Due To The Tumbu Fly During Operation Keeling
  1. Lt Col D Parkhouse, MBBS BSc FRCA RAMC, Consultant Anaesthetist1
  1. 116 Close Support Medical Regiment, 16 Air Assault Brigade, Goojerat Barracks, Colchester hdp02{at}


Cutaneous myiasis is a temporary infestation of the skin with fly larvae (1). The following is a description of a case of cutaneous myiasis caused by the African Tumbu fly (Cordylobia anthropophaga). The clinical presentation and treatment of this infestation is discussed. A review of the Tumbu fly’s lifecycle with emphasis on the prevention of the disease in the operational environment is also described.

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