This week's case was generously donated by Dr. Carlos Chaccour. The patient is a young girl living in a rural region of Venezuela who presented with a painful "pustule" on the back of her left thigh. The lesion had been present for the past four weeks.
Here is a video of the lesion:
Shortly after applying an occlusive ointment (in this case, soap paste), the parasite was easily removed from the wound:
Here is a closer view of the spines and mouthparts.
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