Cutaneous Myiasis of the Scalp Due to Dermatobia Hominis (Linnaeus Jr.) (Diptera; Cuterebridae)

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  • National Institutes of Health, National Microbiological Institute, Laboratory of Tropical Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland


Report is given of a case of cutaneous myiasis of the scalp due to the Neotropical botfly, Dermatobia hominis (Linnaeus Jr.) in Guatemala. An incision had to be made to enlarge the opening of the boil-like nodule before the larva could be removed.

Author Notes

The author wishes to express his thanks to Dr. Maurice T. James for having made available his bibliography of D. hominis.