Journal Article

Ophthalmomyiasis Caused by <i>Sarcophaga crassipalpis</i> (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) in a Hospital Patient

in Journal of Medical Entomology

Published on behalf of Entomological Society of America

Volume 36, issue 6, pages 906-908
Published in print November 1999 | ISSN: 0022-2585
Published online September 2014 | e-ISSN: 1938-2928 | DOI:
Ophthalmomyiasis Caused by Sarcophaga crassipalpis (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) in a Hospital Patient

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Nine sarcophagid larvae were found on the right eyelid, cornea, and bulbar conjunctiva of a debilitated patient in a hospital in Osaka, Japan. Inflammation of the right eyelid and conjunctival congestion, probably initiated or aggravated by the larvae, were found. The larvae were removed and reared for accurate identification, and, on the basis of the characteristics of the 3rd instar and adult flies, the species was identified as Sarcophaga crassipalpis Macquart. This is a report of ophthalmomyiasis caused by this facultative parasite in a human. Patients with diminished consciousness in hospitals need protection from flies.

Keywords: Sarcophaga crassipalpis; hospital-acquired myiasis; flesh fly; conjunctivitis; Japan

Journal Article.  1417 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Disease Ecology and Epidemiology ; Entomology

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