Taxonomy: f. Oestridae
Animal: Dermatobia hominis 7 08.jpg
Dermatobia hominis (bot or warble fly) lava (maggot) in lesion. Section shows thick yellow spines and surrounding post tissue. This maggot was embedded in the skin of a South American tourist. When the adult lands on a warm blooded host, she lays eggs. The young larvae emerge from the eggs and tunnel perpendicularly into the skin. Eventually local tissue destruction and toxic waste produce throbbing pain and intense itching. A composite of morphological features, the lesion and the patient history led to the diagnosis. The maggots are different from other parasites in skin in that the tegument may be sclerotised with cuticulised spines and hooks of characteristic size, shape and spacing , the muscles are striated, presence of tracheae as seen in slides 5.21-5.24b. The maggot stage of these bot flies feed on dead or living tissues and are a serious pest of cattle and as seen here occasionally in humans, particularly in Central and South America.
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