Wound Myiasis in a Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) Caused by Calliphora spp. Larvae from Northwest of Iran: A Case Re-port
AbstractMyiasis is the infestation of animals or man tissues by parasitic dipterous fly larvae. Wound myiasis is the result of fly egg deposition on decaying flesh or pus discharging wounds. This case report describes a type of wound myiasis caused by Calliphora spp. in a Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) from East Azerbaijan Province, Iran. A 3-yr-old female Flamingo was suffering in its left wing leading to an extensive discharging wound, which was heavily infested by maggots (fly larvae). The examination of external morphological characters of the second and third-instar larvae, posterior spiracles and internal cephalopharyngeal skeleton, led to the identification of the Calliphora spp. fly genus. Treatment consisted of removal of the larvae and surgical debridement, then spray of antibiotic and toxic drug. Following removal of larvae and treatment, the symptoms completely resolved within the last hour and remained asymptomatic several weeks later. This is the first report of wound myiasis in a Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) by the facultative myiasis agent Calliphora spp. in Iran and the world.
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