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Couple Gets Flesh-Eating Parasites on Vacation & the Details Are Horrifying
cafemom ^ | January 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM | Jacqueline Burt on

Posted on 02/07/2013 2:12:40 PM PST by BenLurkin

Of all the maladies I hope never to be afflicted with, and there are many of those, any sickness with the term "flesh-eating" in its name is way, way at the tippy-top of my list. The very thought makes my skin crawl. (Ha! No, really.) Gaaah! After last summer's streak of flesh-eating bacteria cases, I'd already pretty much resolved to never ever swim in a lake ever again. But after hearing about the flesh-eating parasites a young Australian couple recently became infected with on a "dream trip" to the Amazon, I'm pretty much resolved to -- well, I've never been to the Amazon, and I sure as hell ain't making any plans now.

Seriously, what happened to Ally Vagg and Bryan Williams is so incredibly horrifying, I really have to warn anyone without a supremely strong stomach to stop reading now. After the jump, things get ugly. Fast.

(Excerpt) Read more at thestir.cafemom.com ...


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: crime

1 posted on 02/07/2013 2:12:45 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

No photos?


2 posted on 02/07/2013 2:18:14 PM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88

Thankfully. Reminds me of the most horribly creature created. The Surinam Toad.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Surinam_toad_%28DFdB%29.jpg


3 posted on 02/07/2013 2:22:52 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: BenLurkin

That's an image of the adult Botfly.

I'm not going to post images of the larvae, because ...

Well ...

I'm just not.

Web-search ... you'll find 'em.

They're nasty.

4 posted on 02/07/2013 2:25:15 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: BenLurkin
Venice Carnival
5 posted on 02/07/2013 2:29:19 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I’ve seen pictures similar to what this couple got, and they are horrifying to look at and recommend that nobody take a look, unless you want to be creeper out for days.


6 posted on 02/07/2013 2:33:19 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: BenLurkin
Just think with minor adaptations the Bot Fly and its larvae might just be able to survive in parts of the United States. That would certainly give an added dimension to the vacuous liberal wet dream: "Our Diversity is Our Strength!"
7 posted on 02/07/2013 2:34:09 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: demshateGod

bkmk


8 posted on 02/07/2013 2:36:21 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Looks kind of cute, really.


9 posted on 02/07/2013 2:39:34 PM PST by MeganC (“Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!”)
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To: BenLurkin

Myself, I’d prefer “flesh-eating” to “hemorhagic”.


10 posted on 02/07/2013 2:40:57 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: BenLurkin

Moral of the story? Don’t take vacations in 3rd World cesspools.


11 posted on 02/07/2013 2:42:37 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: GenXteacher

Doesn’t have to be 3rd world. We lost a cousin to this stuff. Took her hands and lower half of her legs before they stopped it, but ultimately took her life due to long term damage. And she never left the states. Think she picked it up in a hospital in the ER for a minor problem.


12 posted on 02/07/2013 2:45:10 PM PST by rstrahan
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To: Raebie

Don’t know what that means.


13 posted on 02/07/2013 2:50:43 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
While I was doing some field work in Panama out in the rain forest, the local guys kept bugging me about not wearing a hat. Hate hats but am bald.

They showed me some scars they had, and explained this fly and it's nasty little habit. I started wearing a hat and constantly swiping my hands over my exposed arms and neck.....

14 posted on 02/07/2013 2:55:43 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: rstrahan

I think this is different than the flesh-eating bacteria we’ve heard about. The larvae will feed on one’s skin until it gets big enough to emerge, but I don’t think it kills people or causes amputation of limbs. It is very high on the grossness scale, though.


15 posted on 02/07/2013 2:55:43 PM PST by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: doorgunner69
Does DEET help with this critter?

How about DDT?

16 posted on 02/07/2013 2:59:46 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: BenLurkin

Botflies.

They are more commonly dealt with on animals. It may cause people to be grossed out but you do need a vet (or doctor) to get in there and remove them. Safest thing to do.


17 posted on 02/07/2013 3:03:57 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: rstrahan

Your cousin got flesh-eating bacteria? Here in the US? How terrible. A friend was a missionary in Truk; he said the tropics are very hard on the body.


18 posted on 02/07/2013 3:04:48 PM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: ArrogantBustard
I would guess DEET would keep the bugs off your skin.

The guys said the killed them by smearing Vaseline over the wound opening to cut off the oxygen and they grab the little bugger when he would poke his head up for a breath.

19 posted on 02/07/2013 3:07:29 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: BenLurkin

I believe that we will retire right here in New England. 3 feet of snow? That’s nothing!


20 posted on 02/07/2013 3:10:03 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BenLurkin
became infected with on a "dream trip" to the Amazon

When my niece was in med school back in the 1990's, she was going to take a trip down the Amazon with a classmate who was from Brazil. Prior to the trip, she was supposed to have a number of innoculations to protect her from the diseases that are prevalent there and ultimately she never went......

The amazon is another planet and anyone who thinks it's a wonderful, pristine rainforest filled with glorious creatures and wondefull butterflies is NUTS! There's diseases and insects there that will kill you or make you deathly ill that haven't even been discovered yet..........

21 posted on 02/07/2013 3:18:04 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: BenLurkin
until they get a clean bill of health from Bolivian doctors (hopefully in another month or so), Australia won't take them back!


22 posted on 02/07/2013 3:23:16 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: doorgunner69
Panama out in the rain forest

I spent a little over two years in Panama while in the Army. Its JUNGLE, not rainforest.......

23 posted on 02/07/2013 3:26:22 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve had boils, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever(weird, as I as in Oklahoma), scabies and few other things I picked up out in the woods.

Just gotta deal with them.


24 posted on 02/07/2013 3:29:11 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Botfly larvae removal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23eimVLAQ2c


25 posted on 02/07/2013 3:30:41 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: BenLurkin

I had a friend whose wealthy family purchased a tract of Amazon rainforest and paid him a tidy sum to conserve it.

Every year he got an all-expense-paid vacation to Brazil to inspect the tract.

He caught a rare virus that no doctor had ever seen before. It ate his heart and he died.

Lots of biodiversity down there!


26 posted on 02/07/2013 3:48:35 PM PST by darth
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To: ArrogantBustard

it looks like a bumble bee!


27 posted on 02/07/2013 4:28:49 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Its JUNGLE, not rainforest.......

Cue Jennifer Aniston's voiced character on South Park..."

28 posted on 02/07/2013 4:30:04 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

There’s a place called the rainforest that truly sucks a$$.....


29 posted on 02/07/2013 4:32:14 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Rebelbase
Botfly larvae removal

You're out of your mind if you think we're gonna watch that........

30 posted on 02/07/2013 4:48:55 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: BenLurkin

Yet another reason for me to have no desire to go to the Amazon.


31 posted on 02/07/2013 4:49:35 PM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: demshateGod

Don’t know what that means.

&&
He/she is “bookmarking” the post to read later, thus “bkmk”.


32 posted on 02/07/2013 4:52:14 PM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Voodoo Mama’s Hot Sauce will do em in...http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Yn0ey0vePwI&vq=medium


33 posted on 02/07/2013 4:52:32 PM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Where did they vacation? (No time to read the article.) Washington D.C.?


34 posted on 02/07/2013 4:57:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

They are already here, as every horse person knows. They lay eggs on horses legs (mostly) and horses lick them off. They migrate from there into the horses stomach, where they attach to their stomach lining, looking like ovate pasta, sometimes killing the horse if left untreated.


35 posted on 02/07/2013 5:29:19 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/livestock/horse_bot_fly.htm


36 posted on 02/07/2013 5:34:01 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Bigg Red

I knew a guy from Houston that went wade fishing in the Gulf a few years ago and got the flesh-eating bacteria. He had several joints amputated and eventually croaked. He had an open wound, scratch, whatever, on his leg that allowed the nastiness to invade his system. Terrible way to die, in a hospital bed while having joints removed.

His name was Mel and he was a good guy and tavern friend. Any jokes about this are not funny (not you) and you don’t have to be in some crappy part of the world. This guy was fishing off Freeport, Texas, south of Galveston.


37 posted on 02/07/2013 5:56:20 PM PST by MisterArtery
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To: BenLurkin

Those things sound like warbles. They are fly larvae that get on kittens, rabbits and sometimes puppies. They cause a huge welt on the animal’s body and you can see the larvae wiggling around through the air hole it opens in the welt.

Not for the squeemish.


38 posted on 02/07/2013 6:07:26 PM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Turpentine kills/ drives maggots out of a wound.


39 posted on 02/07/2013 6:10:55 PM PST by Ozark Tom
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To: rstrahan

I think you are confused..........


40 posted on 02/07/2013 6:15:33 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: Vendome

Vendome, you looked good...until now.

:D


41 posted on 02/07/2013 8:42:52 PM PST by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: Jonty30

Thanks for the warning. I’m not looking. I watch bloody movie scenes with my eyes closed and fingers in my ears.


42 posted on 02/07/2013 9:32:37 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Shimmer1

Thanks for noticing. ;-)


43 posted on 02/07/2013 11:05:13 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: dfwgator

I was surprised that Alaska has a rainforest...Interesting trip...


44 posted on 02/08/2013 2:32:12 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Amberdawn

Thanks for the information. What area of the U.S.A. are they found?


45 posted on 02/08/2013 3:19:53 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Amberdawn

Thanks for the information. What area of the U.S.A. are they found?


46 posted on 02/08/2013 3:20:04 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: MisterArtery

So sorry for your loss. Yes, it is a terrible way to die.

When I am gardening, I try to be extra careful with any cuts I incur because of the risk of infection from many types of bacteria. I think it is possible to pick up one of these nasty Strep strains from soil, but I am not sure.


47 posted on 02/08/2013 7:50:40 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

I live in Pa., so I imagine they are pretty much extant in the whole of the U.S.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botfly


48 posted on 02/08/2013 8:44:00 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

These seems to be the areas where the HUMAN botfly is endemic. Like lice, they appear to be host specific.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatobia_hominis


49 posted on 02/08/2013 8:46:51 AM PST by Amberdawn
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