The role of non-biting flies in the epidemiology of human infectious diseases

Thaddeus K. Graczyk, Ronald Knight, Robert H. Gilman, Michael R. Cranfield

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Abstract

The feeding and reproductive habits of non-biting synanthropic flies make them important mechanical vectors of human pathogens. Synanthropic flies are major epidemiologic factors responsible for the spread of acute gastroenteritis and trachoma among infants and young children in (predominantly) developing countries. House flies are involved in mechanical transmission of nosocomial infections with multiple antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospital environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-235
Number of pages5
JournalMicrobes and Infection
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2001

Keywords

  • Cryptosporidium
  • Enteropathogens
  • Housefly
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Synanthropic flies
  • Trachoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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