Acta Vet. Brno 2020, 89: 171-177

Wohlfahrtiosis in Italy: a case in a puppy and overview of geographical distribution

Teresa Bonacci1, Giuseppe Curia2, Chiara Scapoli3, Marco Pezzi3

1University of Calabria, Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Science, Cosenza, Italy
2Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale di Cosenza, Servizio Veterinario, Cosenza, Italy
3University of Ferrara, Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Ferrara, Italy

Received November 26, 2019
Accepted April 30, 2020

The report describes a case of urogenital myiasis in a puppy, Canis lupus familiaris (Carnivora: Canidae) caused by Wohlfahrtia magnifica (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) in Calabria, southern Italy. This species is an obligatory agent of myiasis in human and other warm-blooded vertebrates. The puppy was healthy and was not living near farm animals, usual hosts of this flesh fly. An overview of cases of human and animal myiasis caused by W. magnifica in Italy and of data and specimens documented in entomology museum collections is also reported.


We wish to thank Professor Krzysztof Szpila (Department of Ecology and Biogeography, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland) for confirming the identification of Wohlfahrtia magnifica. This study received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for profit sectors.


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