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Noises in woman's head were from flesh-eating maggots
Reuters ^ | July 19, 2013

Posted on 07/19/2013 3:36:34 PM PDT by rickmichaels

LONDON - 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.

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.



TOPICS: Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: armyscrewworm; napl; peru; unitedkingdom
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1 posted on 07/19/2013 3:36:34 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Gives new meaning to the term “ear worm”.


2 posted on 07/19/2013 3:38:42 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: rickmichaels

You win horrific thread of the day.


3 posted on 07/19/2013 3:38:51 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: rickmichaels

Somewhere in Hollywood, a screenwriter is very busy right now.


4 posted on 07/19/2013 3:39:07 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government governs best when it governs least!)
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To: rickmichaels

...and the worms ate into her brain....


5 posted on 07/19/2013 3:39:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels

Un-read! Un-read! Aahhhhh!


6 posted on 07/19/2013 3:41:01 PM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: rickmichaels

The good news is that you are first man known to survive the horrible ordeal, the bad news is, that it was female.


7 posted on 07/19/2013 3:42:08 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Santorum appeared on CBS and pronounced George Zimmerman guilty of murder, first degree. March-2012)
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To: dfwgator

Racoons have a parasite in thier stool that can do this times ten.


8 posted on 07/19/2013 3:42:52 PM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.)
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To: rickmichaels

That’s the experience I have when listening to HomObama’s speeches.


9 posted on 07/19/2013 3:43:56 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: rickmichaels
Shades of the "earwig" episode on The Twilight Zone.

I think I slept with ear muffs on after watching it as a child.

10 posted on 07/19/2013 3:44:16 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: rickmichaels
New World Army Screw Worm

i better not im in enough trouble around here as is

11 posted on 07/19/2013 3:44:59 PM PDT by bigheadfred (teehee)
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To: SES1066

Rod Serling been there-done-that!


12 posted on 07/19/2013 3:45:15 PM PDT by gr8eman (Ron Swanson for President!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks rickmichaels.
...a New World Army Screw Worm fly had laid eggs inside Harris's ear.
'Night Gallery' ping.


13 posted on 07/19/2013 3:47:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: rickmichaels
.....raising concern they could eat into her brain.

...and make her a prime candidate for the democrat nominee for POTUS. (Yes I know she is foreign born but evidently that doesn't matter anymore.)

14 posted on 07/19/2013 3:47:43 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: rickmichaels
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.

Well that is comforting... Did they get all the eggs??

"I'm not so squeamish around those kinds of bugs now. How can I be? They've been in my ear!" Harris said.

I think I'd have the opposite reaction. After this 'event', my squeamish-meter (and Beeber) would now be maxed out on 'stuned' if I thought I was exposed to these type of critters...

15 posted on 07/19/2013 3:48:07 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: sockmonkey
Shades of the "earwig" episode on The Twilight Zone.
-lol- Ain't that the truth?
16 posted on 07/19/2013 3:50:41 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: ansel12

I saw that when I was little and it freaked me out for a long time.


17 posted on 07/19/2013 3:51:32 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: rickmichaels

I have a strange addiction to brains. Very creamy and soft texture.


18 posted on 07/19/2013 3:52:06 PM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: rickmichaels

Reminds me of that show on Discovery a few years back, I forget what it was called - “monsters within” - or something like that, but it had such lovely stories as a guy hiking one day and he drank out of stream and a month or so later he was in a restaurant. And when the waiter was taking his order, all of sudden the waiter screamed and ran away. What happened was a worm was growing in his nasal cavity and every now and then it would poke its head outside his nostril, yes just like Satan in “The Passion of the Christ”.


19 posted on 07/19/2013 3:52:36 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: rickmichaels

Geez. All I can hear is ( something, my head is exploding).


20 posted on 07/19/2013 3:52:59 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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21 posted on 07/19/2013 3:53:08 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: mlizzy
Remember this one from "Wrath of Khan"


22 posted on 07/19/2013 3:53:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels

One lousy second.


23 posted on 07/19/2013 3:53:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels

When we lived in Kenya, our 11 month old daughter developed pimples, about a dozen, on her back & sides. We first though it was a rash, but when my wife showed it to an older missionary friend she said, “Oh those are mango fly larvae. Some call them Bot flies.”

She proceeded to tell us to put adhesive tape over the bites, wait 24 hours and the slowly pull the tape away. The tape closes off the maggot’s source of air, so they start to crawl out and get stuck on the tape.

Sure enough, the next day when we slowly pulled the tape back, most of the maggots remained stuck to it. The remaining few were pulled out with tweezers. Mom & I had a problem with the whole episode (”My baby! Infested with maggots!”), but the baby just smiled through the whole treatment.

Ugh!


24 posted on 07/19/2013 3:53:56 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: SES1066
"Somewhere in Hollywood, a screenwriter is very busy right now."

Coming soon from the SyFy Channel: Flesh-Eating Giant Maggots vs. Two-Headed Megalodon Sharknado.

25 posted on 07/19/2013 3:55:20 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: rickmichaels

Note to self: do not click on threads that contain the words “flesh eating maggots” and “heads”............


26 posted on 07/19/2013 3:55:59 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: rickmichaels

I am never going to visit Peru or Brazil.


27 posted on 07/19/2013 3:56:03 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: rickmichaels

Makes you want to run right out and vacation in Peru doesn’t it?


28 posted on 07/19/2013 3:56:17 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: rickmichaels

What is the name of the worm, or whatever that crawls up your penis in Africa?


29 posted on 07/19/2013 3:56:33 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: rickmichaels

Was her husband sure to pay attention to what they said to her?


30 posted on 07/19/2013 3:57:03 PM PDT by Catmom
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To: KC Burke
Racoons have a parasite in thier stool that can do this times ten.

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However, raccoons are unlikely to fly into my ear.

31 posted on 07/19/2013 3:57:31 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dfwgator
I did not see that one. I think I'm glad I didn't...

However, I saw "The Blob." -lol- Big black "terrorizing" hefty bag rolling all over the place; no worms though.
32 posted on 07/19/2013 3:57:41 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: rickmichaels

Nightmare! New World Army Screw Fly-Nado!


33 posted on 07/19/2013 3:58:03 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: BwanaNdege

Poor baby! Your wife must have been beside herself.


34 posted on 07/19/2013 3:58:57 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: rickmichaels; All

You all will love this! It’s one of the first songs that I remember!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psWy_XLP0g


35 posted on 07/19/2013 3:59:20 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

What’s wrong with that?


36 posted on 07/19/2013 4:00:11 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: BwanaNdege

That is an awful story, but I’m glad your baby bore up well.

Also wanted to say: great tagline, and so freaking true!


37 posted on 07/19/2013 4:00:29 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: trisham

but kids playing outside in the countryside can sure pick up this parasite occasionally and have brain parasites as a result. Sand boxes for one instance.


38 posted on 07/19/2013 4:00:32 PM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.)
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To: Safetgiver

Oh, shiite. I just opened up myself to Obama jokes.


39 posted on 07/19/2013 4:02:06 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: SES1066
"Somewhere in Hollywood, a screenwriter is very busy right now.

I saw that one (well, close enough, different bug) a long time ago.

Rod Serling's Night Gallery:
The Caterpillar/Little Girl Lost
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0660818/">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0660818/">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0660818/

An "earwhig" ate through a man's ear and into his brain. He seemed to recover, only to be told the bad news by a doctor (earwhig had laid eggs).


40 posted on 07/19/2013 4:03:18 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Safetgiver

candiru fish


41 posted on 07/19/2013 4:04:25 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: EEGator

LOL! Hands down!


42 posted on 07/19/2013 4:05:49 PM PDT by rabidralph (Gray State Movie)
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To: bigheadfred

Can do you tell me what they are called?


43 posted on 07/19/2013 4:05:59 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: sockmonkey

I never saw that episode!


44 posted on 07/19/2013 4:06:51 PM PDT by rabidralph (Gray State Movie)
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To: rickmichaels

Yuck! We used to tell a story just like that at sleepovers to creep each other out.


45 posted on 07/19/2013 4:08:15 PM PDT by madison10
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To: rickmichaels
This ranks up there with the old-fashioned remedy for tapeworms. Don't google it, folks.

If I were her, I would have wanted to be sedated. I can't believe that she stayed awake for the therapy.

46 posted on 07/19/2013 4:08:24 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Safetgiver

candiru fish


47 posted on 07/19/2013 4:08:38 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: rickmichaels

This is actually pretty common down there. Ordinarily they bore into the flesh of cattle, but if you’re unlucky they’ll get you too. I saw a program on the Animal Planet where this guy had them on the top of his head. He could hear noises too, but everybody treated him like he was nuts, since they were only active certain parts of the day. It wasn’t until maybe a second or third doctor finally noticed... “uhhh, these bumps on your head are moving.”


48 posted on 07/19/2013 4:09:08 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: KC Burke

It’s been my impression that south america has a host of parasites such as is described in this story, as well as a wealth of dangerous animals. Not so much here. I’ve been to many places in this country and world, but I’ve never picked up a parasite like this.


49 posted on 07/19/2013 4:10:33 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dfwgator
(name that movie)

"I got this little green worm in my head...and it glows in the dark"

50 posted on 07/19/2013 4:11:12 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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