Fleshflies in the flesh: Epidemiology, population genetics and control of outbreaks of traumatic myiasis in the Mediterranean Basin

S. Sotiraki, R. Farkas, M. J.R. Hall

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Abstract

Although the damaging effects on healthy tissues of its developing larvae were first described in 1770, the fleshfly Wohlfahrtia magnifica remains a serious pest for the livestock industry. Wohlfahrtiosis, the severe myiasis caused by this fly, is a grave problem in terms of both the animal welfare and economic loss. This review highlights important aspects of the biology, pest status, epidemiology, population genetic structure, economics and control of W. magnifica and wohlfahrtiosis, with an emphasis on recent outbreaks in Greece and Morocco and fly population dynamics in the Mediterranean Basin. Potential areas for future studies on genetics, host tolerance, in vitro rearing, field behaviour and range expansion of the species are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-18
Number of pages7
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume174
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 24 2010

Keywords

  • Traumatic myiasis Mediterranean
  • Wohlfahrtia magnifica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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