Outbreak of cutaneous larva migrans in a group of travellers
Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
Blackwell Science Ltd
Tropical Medicine & International Health
Volume 5, Issue 5, pages 330–334, May 2000
How to Cite
Tremblay, A., MacLean, J. D., Gyorkos, T. and MacPherson, D. W. (2000), Outbreak of cutaneous larva migrans in a group of travellers. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 5: 330–334. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3156.2000.00557.x
- Issue published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
- cutaneous larva migrans;
Summary introduction We describe an outbreak of cutaneous larva migrans (CLM) in a group of 140 holidaymakers to a resort in Barbados and the index case.
methods A two-page questionnaire was mailed to holidaymakers and 90% responded.
results 25.4% of respondents developed a rash consistent with CLM. Risk factors for developing the illness were younger age and less frequent use of protective footwear while walking to the beach. Patients had difficulty in obtaining a correct diagnosis during their initial medical consultation and in obtaining medication from pharmacies. Efficacious treatments were oral and topical thiabendazole.
conclusions CLM can occur in a large proportion of people exposed to contaminated soil or sand. Protective footwear is effective in reducing infection. Thiabendazole is an efficacious treatment.