The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) featured a case in its January newsletter from Bobbi Pritt, M.D., Director of the Clinical Parasitology and Initial Processing Laboratories and a Consultant in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, which was originally posted on Dr. Pritt's blog, “Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites: A Parasitologist’s View of the World.”
The featured parasite was alive and wriggling when it came into Dr. Pritt's laboratory after being removed from the scalp of a 60-year-old woman. The ASTMH saw the case and reached out to Dr. Pritt about using the photo and information in its newsletter. The publication's editor challenged readers, stating that the first to submit the correct clinical identification of the little critter would earn bragging rights and get his/her name published in the next month's issue.
View the case below: