Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 228-230

Unilateral acute conjunctivitis due to Oestrus ovis in a veterinary doctor

Department of Ophthalmology, MVJ MC and RH, Hoskote, Karnataka, India

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Sujatha Vijayalekshmi
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.107304

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Myiasis is the infestation of tissues and organs of animals or man by fly larvae. We report a human case of external ophthalmomyiasis caused by the larvae of a sheep nasal botfly, Oestrus ovis, for the first time in a veterinary doctor. A 25-year-old veterinary doctor presented with severe symptoms of conjunctivitis. The larvae, 3 in number, were observed in the bulbar conjunctiva and the symptoms of the eye improved within a few hours of their removal. It is important for ophthalmologists to be aware of larval conjunctivitis as a significant possibility in the veterinary fraternity especially during the summer season.

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