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Imported tungiasis in a Finnish journalist: the first case reported from the Nordic countries


  • Received 26 August 2007.

    Accepted 22 November 2007.

P. Jalava-Karvinen, Department of Medicine, Unit of Infectious Diseases, Turku University Hospital, Kiinamyllynkatu 4–8, 20520 Turku, Finland. e-mail:


Tungiasis is a parasitic infection widely spread in tropical Africa and in South and Central America. Only a few cases involving travellers have been reported from Europe, and none from the Nordic countries. We report a case of tungiasis in a Finnish journalist returning from Uganda. In this era of increasing intercontinental travel it is important that all physicians are aware of tungiasis.