The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Case report
First case of Furuncular Myiasis due to Cordylobia anthropophaga in a Latin American resident returning from Central African Republic
Jóse A. Suáreza, Argentina Yingb, Luis A. Orillaca, Israel Cedeñoc, Néstor Sosaa,,
a Gorgas Memorial Institute, City of Panama, Panama
b Universidad de Panama, Departamento de Parasitología, City of Panama, Panama
c Ministry of Health of Panama, International Health Regulations, Epidemiological Surveillance Points of Entry, City of Panama, Panama
Received 07 November 2017, Accepted 22 December 2017
Abstract

Myiasis is a temporary infection of the skin or other organs with fly larvae.1 The larvae develop into boil-like lesions. Creeping sensations and pain are usually described by patients. Following the maturation of the larvae, spontaneous exiting and healing is experienced. Herein we present a case of a traveler returning from Central African Republic. She does not recall insect bites. She never took off her clothing for recreational bathing, nor did she visit any rural areas. The lesions appeared on unexposed skin. The specific diagnosis was performed by morphologic characterization of the larvae, resulting in Cordylobia anthropophaga, the dominant form of myiasis in Africa. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of C. anthropophaga in Latin America.

Keywords
Cordylobia anthropophaga, Furuncular myiasis, Tumbu-fly