Accidental ulcer infestation due <I>Tenebrio molitor</i> in an AIDS patient: canthariasis

  • Wilmer E. Villamil-Gómez
  • John J. Vera-Ospina
  • Javier Miguel Berthel-Vergara
  • Luz Alba Silvera-Arenas
  • Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales


Canthariasis is a disease of humans caused by the infestation of beetle larvae. It is the second important insectal disease after myiasis. Several species of beetles are reported to cause the disease in gastrointestinal tract, urogenital system, nasal sinuses, ears and faces of mammals. The mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, a species of darkling beetle, is a widespread pest that usually feeds on stored grain. The human infestation by this worm is extremely rarely reported, we described a case of T. molitor infestation in a AIDS patient in Colombia.


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