Traumatic myiasis of horses caused by Wohlfahrtia magnifica

R. Farkas, Gy Képes

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A survey was carried out in three stud farms with grazing animals, in order to gather data on the prevalence and clinical manifestation of, and the fly species involved in, traumatic myiasis of horses in Hungary. This parasitic disease was recorded in each farm. On the whole, 9.0% (14) of the inspected horses were infested with fly larvae. The affected horses had one infested lesion only, located at the mucosa of the vulva or the vaginal vestibule. The clinical symptoms depended on the age of infestation. Wohlfahrtia magnifica (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) was the only myiasis-causing fly species identified. It was assumed that unknown volatile chemicals might be responsible for the attraction of gravid females to the undamaged vulvar region. These odours are supposed to be produced during different physiological and/or pathological events associated with oestrus, prolonged puerperal period or inflammation of tissues. Daily inspection of grazing horses and early treatment of the affected areas are needed to avert significant damage to the infested horses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-318
Number of pages8
JournalActa Veterinaria Hungarica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Horse
  • Hungary
  • Traumatic myiasis
  • Wohlfahrtia magnifica
  • Wohlfahrtiosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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