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)



Chrysomya bezziana, Chrysomya megacephala, myiasis, poor hygiene, rural areas


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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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.



Research articles
DOI: 10.15835/nsb13310992