Oestrus ovis causing human ocular myiasis: from countryside to town centre

Otranto, Domenico, Cantacessi, Cinzia, Santantonio, Marilina, and Rizzo, Giovanni (2009) Oestrus ovis causing human ocular myiasis: from countryside to town centre. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 37 (3). pp. 327-328.

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Abstract

Oestrosis caused by larvae of the sheep nasal botfly, Oestrus ovis (Diptera, Oestridae), is a zoonotic nasal myiasis affecting small ruminants (mainly sheep and goats) across the world, particularly in African and European Mediterranean countries. Reports of human oestrosis generally refer to people who have been closely associated with sheep and goat husbandry such as shepherds and farmers. Different clinical forms of human oestrosis are known, including external ophthalmitis, pharyngeal or laryngeal myiasis, nasal or auricular forms, with the possibility of combined clinical presentations. Reports of human infection by O. ovis have been increasing over the last few years and, recently, the first case of human oestrosis has been detected in a farmer living in the Canary Islands. Here we report the first confirmed case of human ocular myiasis by O. ovis, which has occurred in an urban environment.

Item ID: 26534
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
ISSN: 1442-9071
Date Deposited: 03 May 2013 05:56
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060502 Infectious Agents @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110803 Medical Parasitology @ 70%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 30%
86 MANUFACTURING > 8608 Human Pharmaceutical Products > 860802 Human Diagnostics @ 10%
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