Intestinal myiasis among children living in a fishing village in surabaya, indonesia

R. Heru Prasetyo, Erma Safitri

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Myiasis is a public health problem in Indonesia. In this study we aimed to determine the prevalence of intestinal myiasis among children from a fishing village in Surabaya, Indonesia. Inclusion criteria for study subjects were childrens aged 6 to12 years, and willing and succesfull in collecting the fecal samples. Ex-clusion criteria were children aged under 6 years and over 12 years, and children aged 6 to 12 years but failed to collect fecal samples. Subjects were purposively selected from elementary school children in a fishing village on the northern coast of Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia that met the inclusion criteria. A total of 30 fecal samples were collected from 30 study subjects. Macroscopic examination identified fly maggots in 3 samples. Microscopic examination of the posterior end of the larvae revealed the spiracle posterior of Sarcophaga in all 3 samples. Intestinal myiasis is relatively common in the studied population. Preventive measures need to be educated among the study population and further studies performed to determine if this public health problem can be prevented in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-228
Number of pages3
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Children
  • Fishing villag
  • Intestinal myiasis
  • Sarcophaga


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