Netizens have been arguing online on Twitter over the real name of the red-and-black-coloured flies which have invaded businesses in Kabarnet, Baringo County.
These dangerous insects have forced businesses in the town to shut down as residents were advised to be cautious. While the news of the swarming shocked many Kenyans, they ended up arguing about the true name of the fly.
Is it Nairobi Fly or Narrow Bee Fly?
Both names are correct and can be used interchangeably. The scientific names of the Nairobi fly are paederus sabaeus and paedurus eximus. It is known for carrying a corrosive component called peredin.
The Nairobi Fly does not bite or skin but will pose a threat when you crush the fly on your skin. When one does so, the peredin is released from their haemolymph resulting in skin irritation.
One may not experience symptoms of irritation within the first 12-24 hours of irritation but will soon get severe itching and burning in the region that came into contact with the fly.
There are instances when the affected area might develop a secondary bacterial infection that develops dark patches.
Treatment for the blisters is through the application of a mild steroid ointment. In case of a bacteria superinfection, application of an antibiotic ointment is recommended.
Should you find a Narrow Bee Fly on your skin, it is recommended to brush it off your skin instead of crushing it. Other prevention measures include:
- Closing all doors and windows during the rainy season before it gets dark
- Sleeping under a mosquito net
- Clearing excess vegetation around your house during the wet seasons.
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