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An Outbreak of Human External Ophthalmomyiasis Due to <i>Oestrus ovis</i> in Southern Afghanistan

James Dunbar, Ben Cooper, Tim Hodgetts, Halabi Yskandar, Pieter van Thiel, Steve Whelan, Justin Taylor and David R. Woods

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 11, pages e124-e126
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/588046
An Outbreak of Human External Ophthalmomyiasis Due to Oestrus ovis in Southern Afghanistan

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Oestrus ovis is the most common cause of human ophthalmomyiasis, and infection is often misdiagnosed as acute conjunctivitis. Although it typically occurs in shepherds and farmers, O. ovis ophthalmomyiasis has also been reported in urban areas. We report the first case study of O. ovis infection from Afghanistan.

Journal Article.  1396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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