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1 July 2005 First Report of Human Myiasis Caused by Chrysomya megacephala and Chrysomya rufifacies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Thailand, and Its Implication in Forensic Entomology
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We report a forensic entomology case associated with human myiasis in Chiang Mai Province, northern Thailand. The remains of a 53-yr-old-male were concurrently infested with third instars of the two blow fly species, Chrysomya megacephala (F.) and Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart), near a severe tumor lesion presented on the lower right leg. The presence of third instars, ≈5 d old, on the day following postmortem indicated that myiasis occurred before death. This is the first report of both fly species acting as a myiasis-producing agent in Thailand. Unsynchronized data between the age of fly larvae due to myiasis premortem and verified age/condition of the corpse suggest a potential complication and error in the estimation of postmortem interval if other predisposition fly infestations are not considered.

Kabkaew L. Sukontason, Paitoon Narongchai, Duanghatai Sripakdee, Noppawan Boonchu, Tarinee Chaiwong, Radchadawan Ngern-Klun, Somsak Piangjai, and Kom Sukontason "First Report of Human Myiasis Caused by Chrysomya megacephala and Chrysomya rufifacies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Thailand, and Its Implication in Forensic Entomology," Journal of Medical Entomology 42(4), 702-704, (1 July 2005). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585(2005)042[0702:FROHMC]2.0.CO;2
Received: 18 January 2005; Accepted: 12 April 2005; Published: 1 July 2005
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