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Updated 28 February 2011

Eaten alive by maggots!

Occasionally stories surface about people being eaten by maggots. Just another internet hoax. Or is it?

Two years ago a news story told the horrific tale of a paralysed Austrian man who died after being partially eaten by maggots.

After anthropologist Susan McKinley returned home from an expedition in South America, she noticed a very strange rash on her left breast. Nobody knew what it was and she quickly dismissed it believing that the sores would leave in time.

  • Maintain good personal hygiene
  • Avoid soil likely to be contaminated by human excreta
  • Wash and dry clothes thoroughly, and iron them if they’ve been hung outside
  • Don’t go barefoot
  • Avoid insect bites
  • Keep wounds clean and covered
  • Keep food covered
  • See your doctor if you’ve recently returned from endemic areas and you notice any unusual or persistent skin sores, itching or pain.
  • And finally – always take any medical information you read on the 'net with a large pinch of salt, unless you find it on a highly reputable health site, like this one.

 
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