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Novel porcine model of cutaneous myiasis: a training tool for healthcare workers
  1. Daniel S Burns1,2,
  2. D Fletcher3,
  3. K Johnston3,
  4. MS Bailey1,4 and
  5. K Campbell3
  1. 1 Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Army Medical Directorate, Camberley, UK
  3. 3 Venning Barracks, DPHC Wales-West Midlands HQ, Telford, Shropshire, UK
  4. 4 Department of Military Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Daniel S Burns, Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham B9 5ST, UK; danburns{at}


Cutaneous myiasis is a well-described problem in travellers to endemic regions including military personnel. Realistic training is important to ensure that healthcare workers have the confidence and expertise to recognise cutaneous myiasis and safely remove larvae if required. A model is described here that is simple, reproducible and realistic, and will allow for training of military healthcare workers in safe surgical removal of larvae when required.


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  • Contributors DSB conceived the idea and wrote the first draft of the manuscript. DF, KJ and KC further developed the model and organised the training packages and MSB supplied advice about realism of the model and training package. All authors contributed to the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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