A maggoty scalp

Whitehall, John S., Speare, Richard, Best, Heidi E., Price, Philippa J., and Mills, Deborah J. (2009) A maggoty scalp. Medical Journal of Australia, 190 (12). pp. 717-718.

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[Extract] To the Editor: A 4-year-old girl presented with a flyblown scalp to a district aid post outside Madang, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Coincidentally, we were present at the aid post in our capacity as students and lecturers in the tropical paediatrics module of the James Cook University Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine course. The child was otherwise healthy, and her scalp had been normal until about 2 days previously, when her mother noticed two developing "sores". These had deteriorated into circular, foul-smelling ulcers about 1.5 cm in diameter and 2 cm apart on the crown of her head (Box, A), in which live maggots could be seen squirming.

Item ID: 23074
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1326-5377
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Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 05:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110803 Medical Parasitology @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 80%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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