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Microbes Infect. 2001 Mar;3(3):231-5.

The role of non-biting flies in the epidemiology of human infectious diseases.

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Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


The feeding and reproductive habits of non-biting synanthropic flies make them important mechanical vectors of human pathogens. Synanthropic flies are major epidemiologic factors responsible for the spread of acute gastroenteritis and trachoma among infants and young children in (predominantly) developing countries. House flies are involved in mechanical transmission of nosocomial infections with multiple antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospital environments.

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