Out of a total of 5 young Italian tourists who visited numerous villages in Casamance in South West Senegal during January and February, 1979, 3 contracted 6, 2 and 5 podalic lesions respectively due to Tunga penetrans. One of these tourists had the parasites eradicated in Africa itself with a traditional method, the second went to a nurse in Milan for the same treatment while the third, whose lesions might at first sight have been mistaken for warts, was after diagnosis treated by us by means of curettage. All the nodules contained a flea with eggs. The histological preparations show that these parasites do not feed on serum, but on blood. Restorations of the epithelium was completed in a fortnight, and none of the 3 subjects suffered from secondary infections.
|Translated title of the contribution||Tunga penetrans in three Italian tourists on return from Senegal|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Giornale di Malattie Infettive e Parassitarie|
|Publication status||Published - 1980|
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