Rudolph may pass fly that causes myiasis to those who get too close

12/20/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

In light of a recent report of five cases of myiasis in Scandinavian children who visited reindeer habitat, children may want to keep their distance from the animals. Myiasis is a condition in which fly larvae infest human tissue. Researchers reported that the children developed cutaneous swellings and ocular damage as a result of infestation with larvae of the fly Hypoderma tarandi, which may be carried by the reindeer. Since 1980, there have been a total of 17 human cases of myiasis reported.

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