Cordylobia anthropophaga commonly referred to as Tumbu Fly or Skin Maggot is a dangerous Insect affecting most mammals including human beings. Which is it’s host mostly.

The insect can be found in the Subtropics of East and Central Africa. It has been the cause of Myiasis in human for close to two centuries.

Myiasis is the parasitic infestation of the body of a live animal by flylarvae (maggots) that grow inside the host while feeding on its tissue.

The mode of infection by the Cayor Worm. Doctors Rodhain and Bequaert conclude, from their observations in the Congo Free State, that Cordylobia anthropophaga (Grunberg) lays its eggs on the ground. The larvae, known generally as Cayor Worms, crawl over the soil until they come in contact with a mammal, penetrate the skin and lie in the subcutaneous tissue, causing the formation of tumors. On reaching full growth, the larvae leave the host, fall to the ground, bury themselves and then pupate. This fly is said to be the most common cause of human or animal myiasis in tropical Africa, from Senegal to Natal. In the region of Lower Katanga where these investigations were made, dogs appeared to be the principal hosts, although Cordylobialarvae were found also in guinea-pigs, a monkey, and two humans. The larvae are always localized on those parts of the hosts which come in immediate contact with the soil.”


Most cases recorded nowadays are those in children. Due to the vulnerability of Children, the “human eater” loves living in there. Parents should be on the look of such symptoms in their wards.

A woman recently shared her experience of the killer insect.

Please post to save lives.I saw this post and I think it may be useful to someone here, if u don’t have kids u may hv younger ones.

“I want to share an experience I had a few days ago. I noticed my son had four boils, one on his head, his chest, his leg and his fingers. They were so small, I assumed they are slight infections and would go. His doctor recommended an antibiotic cream. You can see the picture of when the thing was still small. Sometimes my son will be shouting “his head, his head” or “his leg”, I assumed it was aches that the boil was giving him and I gave him just paracetamol. His teachers also claimed that he usually shouts “my head, my head” in school. On the third day. As I got back from work, I checked the hand and saw that the boil had opened. I saw something like pus. Lo and behold when I pressed it, a live maggot came out!

I wanted to faint. I called my husband and also called the doctor. It was already about 6pm, we couldn’t go to the hospital. So the doctor , advised I pressed all of them which I did. 4 live maggots in all. I cleaned the wound with spirit. And his doctor placed him on antibiotics, my son was able to have a restful sleep compared to the past 4 days. The doctor eventually told me about the TUMBU FLY. Please read about it mums. Knowledge is power.
She said it happens to both babies, toddlers and adults! Especially when clothes are spread outside or damp clothes. The fly lays eggs on the clothes or when the fly lays eggs on the grass and your clothes fall on the grass, the clothes magnet the egg. When you wear it, the egg enters your skin and begins to mature as a maggot. At nights, it will be moving which is why my son used to cry a lot at night when he’s shouting ” My head, my head”

Doctor’s recommendation:

  1. Hold all your clothes and children’s clothes with pegs to prevent them from falling down.
  2. Shake all clothes off before taking them inside.
  3. Wash all children’s clothes with hot water.
  4. Iron all clothes especially that of children .
  5. Encourage washing of hands.
  6. Clean all surfaces with disinfectant.
  7. Wash all bedsheets and towel with hot water.

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