If you can get to a science or medical library look up Chigoe or Tunga penetrans. This is a sand flea that commonly infects bare feet and more or less meets your discription. The heavy flu may or may not have anything to do with the the Chigoe infection.
>>> "jim" <jano at cableol.co.uk> 22 February 1999 5:52 pm >>>
Hi, I recently returned from Mozambique and found what
looked like a blister on my toe. It appeared to have
dull blackish spots on the inside. When it was lanced
and pressure applied a large amount of a white substance
appeared. It was firmer in substance than puss. Soon after
my girlfriend found the same, she had traveled with me.
We both suffered what appeared to be a very heavy flu
with fever and we were both quite ill for about 4 days.
The wounds left quite deep holes in our toes as if something
had been burrowing inwards. Any ideas? Should I have my blood
tested and what for?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.