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Extensive myiasis of the leg in a patient with filarial lymphedema: implications for morbidity care in filariasis elimination program

1 ICMR-Vector Control Research Centre, Indira Nagar, Puducherry-605 006, India
2 Division of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi- 110 029, India

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Vijesh S Kuttiatt,
ICMR-Vectior Control Research Centre, Indiar Nagar, Puducherry -605 006
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-9062.318314

Myiasis, infestation of the human body by larva of flies is an under-recognized and ignored medical condition. Not only is this condition unsightly and extremely distressing to the patient, but it also generates a ghastly feeling in care givers and health care workers as well. The authors report extensive myiasis of the leg in a patient with filarial lymphedema from southern India, which is rarely illustrated in published literature. Treatment of myiasis is described in brief. There is a need for strengthening morbidity management in filariasis elimination program.

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