Teen gets hookworm infection after friends bury him in sand

Teen gets hookworm infection after friends bury him in sand

Michael Dumas, who was reportedly diagnosed with hookworms, first complained of tiredness and ear pain but later noticed bumps on his thigh, Fox 13 Memphis reported. The wounds are "incredibly awful and they're so graphic", his mother, Kelli Dumas, told the station.

By Michael's 17th birthday on June 20, he was fighting a terrifying parasitic infection on his feet and legs.

Hookworms burrow into the skin, causing a red and itchy reaction that can last weeks until the larvae die and in rare cases, can inflame the intestine, according to the CDC.

A teenage boy's feet were infected with painful parasitic hookworms after his friends buried him on a beach for fun. "Please, please pray for him to heal", she said.

Now, Kelli says she's sharing her son's story to warn parents about the parasites and prevent a similar situation from occurring to their children. But within days, she said, the 17-year-old had several more spots - then "his whole backside" was covered. He's developed a staph infection and is bathing in bleach daily, his mom told USA TODAY. At least four other people in Dumas' group were also infected that day.

A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Health in Broward County would not confirm the reported cases but said in a statement to The Washington Post that the health department "is now looking into this inquiry".

Dumas, a single mom, said she's had to pay over a thousand dollars for medication. He has been prescribed Clindamyacin, Ivermectin, a steroid dose pack and Albenza.

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'But you can get them for $0.30 per pill in Honduras.

'He is in pain and this is very bad. I am only showing a few pictures because it is so disturbing. Also feel free to share this post and warn others.

Dumas said she reached out to the Broward County Health Department.

People living in or visiting areas with warm and moist areas where sanitation is poor are most at risk for infection if they walk barefoot or allow their skin to have direct contact with contaminated sand or soil.

Dumas told The Post on Wednesday she wants others to be aware of hookworms because "I don't want anyone else to go through what my son has been through".

CDC officials said whenever residents or visitors are near sand or soil, it's advised to keep their shoes on. "I just hope he can wear shoes by then".

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