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What is Nairobi Fly?

Nairobi flies are small, orange and black-coloured insects also known as Kenyan flied or dragon bugs. These flies are generally found in high rainfall, hot and humid regions. The bud doesn’t bite but it causes skin irritations once the acid is released from the bug. These flies do not bite or sting but release a potent acidic substance that causes burns.


  • Reduce contact with the bug by using bed nets, wearing long-sleeve cloths, and avoiding sitting under lights at night, closing windows, and keeping the house clean.
  • Wash the skin area thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Avoiding going outside in the evening.
  • Flies should be gently blown off and not disturbed or touched.


  • Immediately wash the affected area and apply cold and wet compresses.
  • Consult with health workers immediately.


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