The presence of the chigo, Tunga penetrans, in lesions in human skin in the tropical areas of the western hemisphere has been a matter of record since 1526.1 The gravid female has been found commonly in such lesions in man, the dog and other mammals in practically all American countries between 30 degrees north and 30 degrees south latitude, even up to 2,000 meters elevation. However, there is apparently no authentic report of an autochthonous case from the parts of the United States (Florida and southern Texas) lying within that belt. One patient observed in New Orleans more than sixty years ago gave a history of having become infested in Venezuela fifteen days previously. In the case that we are reporting the patient had always lived in New Orleans and had undoubtedly become infested in this locality, although the source of the infestation consisted in sisal hemp which had
FAUST EC, MAXWELL TA. THE FINDING OF THE LARVAE OF THE CHIGO, TUNGA PENETRANS, IN SCRAPINGS FROM HUMAN SKINREPORT OF A CASE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1930;22(1):94–97. doi:10.1001/archderm.1930.01440130104007
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