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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2008 Jun;102(6):599-601. doi: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2008.01.012. Epub 2008 Apr 1.

Exotic myiasis caused by 19 larvae of Cordylobia anthropophaga in Namibia and identified using molecular methods in Japan.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Teikyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.


A case of exotic myiasis caused by tumbu fly (Cordylobia anthropophaga) parasitism acquired while travelling in the Republic of Namibia is reported. This is the fifth case reported in Japan, and is very unusual in that the patient was infected with 19 larvae. This is also the first case diagnosed using molecular methods in Japan. We cultured the extracted larvae in vitro and successfully obtained pupae.

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