What Is Myiasis?

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2. Does It Occur in Other Animals?

Myiasis occurs in many different types of animals. Cows and similar types of livestock are particularly prone to infection by bot flies and screwworms. These species need a living host to feed on as they develop, and they take advantage of open sores or wounds on cows as prime breeding sites.

Cattle are not alone in their susceptibility to maggot infestation, however. Fly larvae can infect most vertebra, and that includes household pets like cats and dogs. In most cases, this is the result of infestation in an open wound, although other sources of transmission are also possible.


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