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New world screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax)

Last Modified: Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:27:26 IST
Disease name
New world screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax)
Species affected
Multiple(not specified)
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
Micheál Casey SSRO
Link to relevant external website