Vulvo-vaginal myiasis among rural women in West Bengal, India

  • Prabhat C. MONDAL Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura 722102, West Bengal (IN)
  • Santanu MAHATO University of Mysore, Biopsychology Laboratory and Institution of Excellence, Mysuru 570006, Karnataka (IN)
  • Dinabandhu SAHIS Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura 722102, West Bengal (IN)
  • Barunodoy CHAKRABORTY Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura 722102, West Bengal (IN)
  • Rajendra P. MONDAL Bankura Sammilani College, Department of Zoology, Bankura 722101, West Bengal (IN)
  • Pravas HAZARI Sreegopal Banerjee College, Calyptrate Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Hooghly 712148, West Bengal (IN)
  • Shuvra K. SINHA Sreegopal Banerjee College, Calyptrate Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Hooghly 712148, West Bengal (IN)
Keywords: Chrysomya bezziana, Chrysomya megacephala, myiasis, poor hygiene, rural areas

Abstract

Myiasis, the infestation of living or dead tissue of vertebrates by larvae (maggots) of dipterous flies, is well-known in the medical field. Different parts of the human body, such as skin, oral, nasal, urogenital are affected and named accordingly. The present study was a clinic-entomological study where the women having vulvo-vaginal myiasis were included. Maggots were collected, cultured, and adult flies were identified. A total of 34 cases of vulvo-vaginal myiasis were treated. The larvae of 29 cases were cultured into adults. Most of the women are rural (94%), illiterate and from a low socioeconomic society. The authors specified the infested sites of vulva and vagina such as vaginal, labia, clitoris, episiotomy wound, vulval growth, and prolapsed uterus. The episiotomy wound (32%) is the most common infestation site, followed by the vagina (26%). Chrysomya bezziana (76%) and Chrysomya megacephala (24%) are the identified flies. Illiterate, rural puerperal mothers of low socioeconomic status without proper health education and basic hygiene knowledge are vulnerable to myiasis.

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Published
2021-08-18
How to Cite
MONDAL, P. C., MAHATO, S., SAHIS, D., CHAKRABORTY, B., MONDAL, R. P., HAZARI, P., & SINHA, S. K. (2021). Vulvo-vaginal myiasis among rural women in West Bengal, India. Notulae Scientia Biologicae, 13(3), 10992. https://doi.org/10.15835/nsb13310992
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DOI: 10.15835/nsb13310992