Incidence of multiple myiases in breasts of rural women and oral infection in infants from the human warble fly larvae in the humid Tropic-Niger Delta

Authors

  • Ogugua K. Ogbalu PhD,

    1. From the Department of Applied and Environmental Biology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; National Primary Health Care Agency, Enugu Zone, Enugu State, Nigeria and Olympia College, Skokie, IL
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  • Ted-George Ody Achufusi MD,

    1. From the Department of Applied and Environmental Biology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; National Primary Health Care Agency, Enugu Zone, Enugu State, Nigeria and Olympia College, Skokie, IL
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  • Chika Adibe MPA

    1. From the Department of Applied and Environmental Biology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; National Primary Health Care Agency, Enugu Zone, Enugu State, Nigeria and Olympia College, Skokie, IL
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Ogugua K. Ogbalu, PhD Rivers State University of Science and Technology P.M.B 5080 Nkpolu-Oroworukwo Port-Harcourt Rivers State Nigeria E-mail: ogbaluo@yahoo.com

Abstract

Twenty-eight rural women of the Niger Delta were infected with the human warble fly (Tumbu fly) larva, Cordylobia anthropophaga, and of the women examined, 22 (78.5%) were nursing-mothers. Among the percentage of women with cutaneous myiasis, 20 had multiple myiases in their breasts. Larvae were also extracted from the upper and lower lips of breast-fed infants. A positive correlation was drawn between the incidence of breast and oral myiases.

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