Stanley Johnson health: What flesh-eating infection did the Prime Minister dad’s pick up?
Stanley Johnson stood in the political race, standing as Conservative MEP for Wight and Hampshire East from 1979 to 1984. Able to enjoy luxurious adventures across the globe, there’s one souvenir he wish he didn’t pick up.
In his 2015 memoir, Stanley, I Resume, he wrote about the time his behind became infested with flesh-eating bugs.
“It looked large and fleshy, well nourished, I would say,” he had written in his book.
“I guess it must have been half an inch long, and almost as wide.
Unfortunately for Stanley, the eggs had burrowed into his skin and hatched inside.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a lump then develops in the tissue as the larva grows.
The larva may even move, on occasion, under the skin.
Thankfully, Stanley got medical attention as soon as he landed in the UK at the Tropical Diseases Centre in London.
The only way to remove the larva is surgically, which is exactly what Stanley had done.
This type of infection is usually seen in Central America, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean Islands.
When travelling to any of the areas mentioned above, the CDC recommend a few tips to prevent an infection with myiasis.
Firstly, it says: “Take extra care going to tropical areas and spending a lot of time outside.