Noises in tourist's head were from flesh-eating maggots

#1
deb just for you.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/52500233/...ing-maggots/?lite&lite=obnetwork#.UeivBxZbifQ

LONDON (Reuters) - A British woman returned from a holiday in Peru hearing scratching noises inside her head to be told she was being attacked by flesh-eating maggots living inside her ear.
Stampede!

Rochelle Harris, 27, said she remembered dislodging a fly from her ear while in Peru but thought nothing more of it until she started getting headaches and pains down one side of her face and woke up in Britain one morning with liquid on her pillow.
Thinking she had a routine ear infection caused by a mosquito bite, she sought medical treatment at the Royal Derby Hospital in northern England, where a consultant noticed maggots in a small hole in her ear-canal.
"I was very scared. Were they in my brain?" said Harris, recounting her ordeal in a new Discovery Channel documentary series called "Bugs, Bites and Parasites" to be aired in the UK from July 21.
Doctors tried first to flush the maggots out of the ear using olive oil.
"It was the longest few hours that I have ever had to wait... I could still feel them and hear them and knowing what those scratching sounds were, and knowing what that wriggling feeling was, that just made it all the worse," she said.
When flushing the maggots out failed, the medics resorted to surgery and found a "writhing mass of maggots" within her ear, raising concern they could eat into her brain.
The surgery removed a family of eight maggots. Analysis found that a New World Army Screw Worm fly had laid eggs inside Harris's ear.
"I'm not so squeamish around those kinds of bugs now. How can I be? They've been in my ear!" Harris said.
 

debw712

Diamond Member
#3
Not going to Peru- ever

Dear lord, of course I'm reading this and hearing noises in my ears.

I think I'm going to go pour alcohol into them

THIS, this is why bugs are so damn evil.

*** is a screw worm fly?

Ugghhh
 
#6
Supposedly those flies migrated to the New World from Africa, like all other problems we seem to have. And they are supposed to keep spreading. :bad:
 

Traci

Silver Member
#14
I watched an episode of untold stories of the ER and it was about a woman who had been to Costa Rica on a vacation and when she came back she kept feeling something moving under her scalp, finally she went to the ER and she had worms in her scalp.
 
#16
I watched an episode of untold stories of the ER and it was about a woman who had been to Costa Rica on a vacation and when she came back she kept feeling something moving under her scalp, finally she went to the ER and she had worms in her scalp.
That's on now, she had six botfly maggots growing in her head. It was her wedding day when she had enough and went to ER...could be worse, there is that horned fish that can get up your willy and hook on...OUCH