Matthew O’Donnell, 22, a Plymouth University graduate, worked as a volunteer in Tanzania before coming home in September. But he’s unaware that he didn’t return alone…
It seems like someone hitched hike to Matthew’s body…
Apparently, a parasitic bug was hiding inside him from Africa to the UK.
And the only time he realizes that he had an uninvited guest which laid dozens of eggs is when he felt a tingling feeling in his foot as he sat on his bed at home in East Sussex, before bursting out in his bedroom.
“I looked down to see a lump, I thought ‘What on earth is that?’” Matthew told the Plymouth Herald. “A tiny black bug dropped out, followed by 100 little white eggs tumbling after it.
“It seems this insect used me as a free ticket back from Tanzania only to pop out of my foot a month later.”
The bug was a Chigoe Flea – a 1mm long anthropod which is found in tropical and sub-tropical environments.
Matthew says the bug left a hole (quite big) in his foot under his little toe. He also said that he didn’t know whether to laugh or cut his foot off “with a carving knife.” And as for the eggs, he wrapped the eggs in toilet paper and flushed them away before they had time to hatch.
According to Matthew one of his pals in Africa got one of the bugs, under her toenails.
The bug can live in human flesh for about a month after digging through the skin.
Luckily Matthew’s doctor gave him the all-clear after examining his foot.
Survival Guide: Chigoe Flea
Better be careful when going to other places as such parasites do exist. Share this for everyone’s awareness.