Beware the bot!

THE other day one of my patients was killed by a bot. It is almost expected these days, with electronic fighting games, that virtual deaths due to bots are common. 

However, rest assured, bots have been around long before computers were ever invented.

In fact, bot flies are real-to-life parasitic flies. They have an obligate parasitic phase, which requires them to develop into larvae (maggots) within live, vertebrate hosts. Bot fly larvae can penetrate intact tissue — no superficial lesion is even needed for entry.

Bot flies don’t actually need