Cutaneous Larva Migrans

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The case of cutaneous larva migrans presented here is typical for its mechanism and geographic location of infection, evolution of lesions, and prompt response to treatment. Except for pin-worms, helminth infections are rarely thought of in emergency departments away from the areas where the parasites are especially prevalent. The several-day incubation period and modern-day ease of travel should place this illness on one's list of the differential diagnoses of pruritic lesions regardless of the location of practice. This case serves as a reminder that in a mobile society, diseases, as well as patients, can travel.

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