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watch out for Nairobi fly, and what to do..

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Im still writing my trip report, but it's taking a little bit longer than expected ;)

I just wanted to share my experience with the Nairobi fly with you, as a warning and so you'll know what to do ;)

I had a long 'scratch' over the length of my whole under arm. The second day the scratch was getting more red and burning and it got worse by the day. I didn't had a clue what it was, and was quite worried because it was getting worse and worse, and it hurted quite a lot as well (especially in the sun)

When I walked in the office of my sister in law, her colleage immediately recognized it as a 'Nairobi Fly'. Apparently it's a fly that doesn't sting, but when you crush it it releases some kind of toxic that burns the skin.
The remedy was amazingly simple: toothpaste.
After 2 nights of applying toothpaste on my arm it was almost completely gone.

The fly is back in Arusha because of the long wet season:

"they are on the other hand known to usually 'make scene' following extended rain periods, such as during the 1998 El-Nino spell, when the insects made their debut appearance in Arusha town."

so watch out and bring toothpase with you :P

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