Beetles breed in boy's body
NEW DELHI (Reuters)
--A 13-year-old Indian boy has begun producing winged beetles in his urine
after hatching the eggs in his body, according to a senior medical official.
Doctor Chittaranjan Maity, Medical Education Director of West Bengal state
where the boy is from, said doctors found the beetles while examining
him for pain in the groin area.
"Doctors were really surprised to see the beetles," he told
Reuters Monday. "There are eggs of the beetle in a fistula in his
body and he is getting medical treatment to try to kill the eggs,"
The boy had been taken to hospital Sunday after complaining of pain while
The beetles -- more than half a centimeter in length -- belong to the
Staphylinidae rove beetle family of insects. Most types are predators
but some feed on fungi, algae and decaying plant matter.
An expert in urology, Doctor N. Subramanian, said that in theory it was
possible for insects to hatch in the body and come out in urine but said
he had not heard of such a case.