Cochliomyia hominivorax

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Co·chli·o·my·ia hom·i·ni'v·o·rax

the screw-worm fly, a species that is a serious pest of livestock from Mexico to Argentina and is the primary cause of myiasis in the western hemisphere; attracted by fresh blood, it deposits eggs on wounds, tick bites, or intact moist areas of the body, and the larvae invade living tissues, causing severe myiasis and often death; it is known to attack humans, especially in the nose, although wounds, eyes, and other body openings have also been attacked.
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According to records at the Ministry of Agriculture, there were only two registered cases of human screw worm infections in 2014 resulting from domestic sheep, which were found in Hodeida governorate.