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New world screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax)

Last Modified: Thu, 17 May 2018 10:00:17 IST
Disease name New world screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax)
Animal Health Law Category if applicable
Species affected Multiple(not specified)
Definition The New World screwworm1 (NWS), Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel), and the Old World screwworm1 (OWS), Chrysomya bezziana Villeneuve, are both obligate parasites of mammals, including humans, during their larval stages. Both species are in the subfamily Chrysomyinae of the amily Calliphoridae of the order Diptera (true flies). Larvae feeding on the skin and underlying tissues of the host cause a condition known as wound or traumatic myiasis, which can be fatal
Status in Ireland
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible RVL Division
Contact Mícheál Casey SSRO
Legislation
Link to relevant external website
OIE Link http://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/fr/Health_standards/tahm/2.01.10_SCREWW.pdf
Publications