Nosocomial myiasis in a patient with diabetes

M. Dutto, M. Pellegrino, S. Vanin

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This report describes a case of nosocomial myiasis caused by larvae of Sarcophaga (Bercaea) africa. The parasitosis developed in an ulcer on the heel of a patient with type 2 diabetes. The ulcer was dressed when the deposition occurred. An experiment was performed in order to demonstrate the ability of Sarcophaga larvae to move through bandages and reach purulent wounds. This report highlights the need for particular attention, education and specific protocols in hospitals in order to avoid myiasis, which can compromise the organization's reputation for hygienic standards with possible legal consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-76
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


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