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New Microbiol. 2005 Oct;28(4):365-8.

Three cases of ophthalmomyiasis externa by sheep botfly Oestrus ovis in Italy.

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U.O. Analisi Chimico-Cliniche e Microbiologiche Osp. S. Andrea, La Spezia, Italy.


Human infection with the sheep nasal botfly Oestrus ovis is sporadic and is often the consequence of an accidental deposit of the larvae by an adult botfly in the eye. This infestation results in external ophthalmomyiasis that, although a very rare condition, is more common among people living close to farming communities. We report three cases of O. ovis infestation which occurred in Italy in a limited area of La Spezia province (Le Cinque Terre), Italy during summer 2004. None of the patients had contact with wild or farm animals.

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