Web Extra: Rare Parasitic Infection Diagnosed in Arkansas Family

Web Extra: Rare Parasitic Infection Diagnosed in Arkansas Family

A rare parasite is infecting a family with several children in Arkansas. The diagnosis has them desperate for answers and a reason why they can't seem to put a stop to the disease.
MALVERN, AR -- (KARK) "We all have the same symptoms," Miranda Rogers said of her and her seven children.

Rogers hopes to put a stop to what they're going through. She's taken her concerns to doctors and hospitals, but they called DHS on her. She says DHS investigated but left her alone.

"[Doctors] thought that I was crazy," she said.

She was unable to get a response until she took proof to a doctor.

"I found maggots," Rogers explained. "I had one come out of my throat."

It was fly larva and she also found it in her children.

"In my 5-month-old one flew out of her nose when she was coughing," Rogers said.

A doctor at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs was able to diagnose this as something called "Myiasis."

According to the CDC, it's a "rare paricitic infection typically acquired when traveling to tropical areas in Africa and South America," not Arkansas.

"There's something wrong, and I don't know what it is, and I need a doctor or somebody that knows," she said.

Rogers says she's suffering from the symptoms that are still visible today. Bumps on her skin and sores on her head are examples.

Rogers hoped she found the culprit in what she thought was a bot fly she found in her son's bed.

Bot flies are just as rare as Myiasis, so we took it to be examined.

Dr. John Hopkins in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture says based on the sample presented, it's a bee, not a bot fly.

Rogers can't consider that a cause which pushes her further away from explaining the things she and her seven kids have encountered.

"Maggots coming out of my throat and my 5-month-old's nose is not normal," Rogers said.

The Arkansas Department of Health said this diagnosis is very rare and when seen, it's usually in cats.

Either way, this family says they have it and hope someone out there can give them an answer that could put a stop to their symptoms.
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