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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 94, No. 1, 1999, pp. 53-54
Bioline Code: oc99012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 94, No. 1, 1999, pp. 53-54

 en RESEARCH NOTE - Ophyra aenescens (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae) a New Biological Vector of Dermatobia hominis (L. Jr) (Diptera: Cuterebridae) in Minas Gerais, Brazil
Z Rodríguez; RC Leite & PR Oliveira

Abstract

The production of meat, milk and leather from cattle in the Neotropics is severely affected
by infestations with the larvae of Dermatobia hominis . According to MR Honer et al. 
the "berne" or larva of D. hominis is currently the most important ectoparasite
affecting meat-producing cattle in Brazil, with infestations sometimes reaching 600 larvae per
animal. The economic damage caused by D. hominis to the cattle industry in Brazil
and Central America is enormous, losses being estimated at some $200 million per year.

Keywords
Dermatobia hominis - biological vectors - Ophyra aenescens - Minas Gerais - Brazil

 
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