Botfly infestation (myiasis) masquerading as furunculosis

Cutis. 1999 Feb;63(2):71-2.


With air travel so prevalent, diseases endemic to certain regions may appear anywhere. The botfly (Dermatobia hominis) is not native to North America. We describe a case of a young boy and his father who presented with furunculosis secondary to infestation with the botfly. The infected patients live in South Florida and had been vacationing in Central America. Standard surgical treatment as well as multiple native remedies are described.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Belize
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Furunculosis / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myiasis / diagnosis*
  • Travel