Cochliomya Hominivorax

Gr. kochlias = snail with a spiral shell, myia = fly. L. hominis = man and vorax = consuming.

From the Greek kochlias (“snail with a spiral shell”) + myia (“fly”) and the Latin hominis (“man”) + vorax (“consuming”), Cochliomyia hom- inivorax, or the New World screwworm fly (formerly Callitroga [Greekkallos, “beautiful,” + trogein, “to gnaw”] americana), was first described by French entomologist Charles Coquerel in 1858. C. hominivorax larvae enter wounds and feed on living tissue, and if untreated, infestations can be fatal. C. hominivorax was eliminated in the United States in 1982 and in much of Central America in the 1990s, although outbreaks associated with reimportations in infected humans and animals continue to occur.


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