Man discovers 20 live maggots living under his skin

A CHINESE man has made a nasty discovery after returning home from a six month work trip to Africa.

Mr Ma from Guangzhou developed itchy red lumps along the right side of his abdomen and leg.

The lumps were still painful and itchy after two weeks and he had begin to develop a fever, so decided to seek advice from dermatologist.


The sores were in fact the breathing tubes of African tumbu fly maggots – a species of blow-fly common in parts of east and central Africa.

Mr Ma was forced  to undergo a minor surgical procedure to remove the 20 maggots from his body.

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The most common cause of infection can be attributed to the fly laying its eggs on wet clothes left out to dry – the eggs hatch and burrow into a person’s skin once clothes are worn. – See more at: