Nosocomial myiasis in a patient with diabetes.

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Nosocomial myiasis in a patient with diabetes.

J Hosp Infect. 2012 Nov 10;

Authors: Dutto M, Pellegrino M, Vanin S


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.

PMID: 23149058 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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