Mango worms: A beast that feeds on cats, dogs, and people

Mango worms is a species of flies that are found in East, and Central Africa. Mango Worms has many names like Mango Fly, Putzi Fly and Tumbu fly depending on your location, but the scientific name is Cordylobia anthropophaga. This fly has been endemic in the subtropics of Africa for over 135 years ago. It is the main cause of Myiasis in Humans in the region.2 min


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Mango worms: A beast that feeds on cats, dogs, and people
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Mango worms is a species of flies that are found in East, and Central Africa. Mango Worms has many names like Mango Fly, Putzi Fly, and Tumbu fly depending on your location, but the scientific name is Cordylobia anthropophaga.

This fly has been endemic in the subtropics of Africa for over 135 years ago. It is the main cause of Myiasis in Humans in the region.

When And Where Are Mango Worms Found?

Mango worms are found throughout several areas of sub-Saharan – Africa, but is more common in certain regions like Central Africa, for example).

However, Mango worms could be found in other places too, only if a human or animal traveled while infected with mango worms. Then it can live and reproduce and begin another life cycles again and again and conquer more mammals.

The Life Cycle Of Mango Worms

The female flies lay 100-300 eggs in the sand which is polluted with feces. Or even onto some clothes that is hanged out to dry. Or even on an open wound. especially during the hot and humid summers.

The larva stays in the soil from 9-15 days till it finds a host, then pierces the skin and stay for 8-12 days till it reaches the pupa stage.

Then drops to the ground and hide by buries itself under soil until it becomes an adult fly ready to reproduce and begin the life cycle again.

The most common hosts are dogs, cats, and wild rats. It infects humans by accident and they are not crucial to the complete life cycle.

How to Prevent Mango worms?

In order to prevent being a host for mango worms you need to read this list carefully:

  • Avoid any contact with contaminated soils
  • Iron your clothes after it dries ( That also includes your underwear) to kill the eggs.
  • Never take a pet from these areas, And also don’t bring your pet there with you to protect it from mango worms.

How to treat Mango Worms?

Mango worms cannot be killed by a medication or antibiotic. So in order to get rid of mango worms, you have to squeeze it yourself to force it to pop out.

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And in rare cases, you should visit a clinic to help you extract it out of your skin or your pet’s skin.

In absence of medical awareness in Africa, they wait till the mango worms pop out by itself. But all they do is covering the wound with a layer of Vaseline in order to cut off it’s access to oxygen.

Please watch the video below the post to know how to squeeze mango worms out of the skin of a dog. But be careful the content of the video is horrible.

A very Important Advice

Before traveling to central Africa or South Africa or even any place outside your country, please do some search on google about common diseases and infections. Or even visit a travel health clinic.

Because You should be familiar with the health risks you might face in your destination. And to be advised on how to lower these risks and the prevention methods and also the treatment.

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