Canine Myiasis and Its Causal Agents in Northeastern Iran

  • Ali MOSHAVERINIA Mail Dept. of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
  • Hossein KAZEMI MEHRJERDI Dept. of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
Chrysomya albiceps, Lu-cilia sericata, Wohlfahrtia magnifica, Iran, Myiasis


Background: Myiasis is defined as the infestation of live human and vertebrate animals with dipterous larvae for a certain period. There are reports indicating that dogs are the most common species affected by myiasis. This study was conducted to identify myiasis-causing flies in owned and stray dogs in Mashhad (Northeastern Iran).

Methods: A total of 435 owned dogs and 800 stray dogs were examined for myia­sis. Myiasis cases were cured and fly larvae were identified by microscopy using the relevant standard identification keys.

Results: Ten out of 435 owned dogs (2.29 %) and 18 out of 800 stray dogs (2.25 %) had myiasis. The causative agents of myiasis in dogs based on their fre­quencies were as follows: Wohlfahrtia magnifica (50%), Lucilia sericata (28.57%) and Chrysomya albiceps (21.42%).

Conclusion: W. magnifica was the most important myiasis-causing fly among the dogs sampled here, sometimes causing very serious damages. However, when treatment was given early enough, the larvae removed and the wound disinfected, the animals usually made a full recovery.


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MOSHAVERINIA A, KAZEMI MEHRJERDI H. Canine Myiasis and Its Causal Agents in Northeastern Iran. Iran J Parasitol. 11(1):91-97.
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