Making a meal of MRSA-the role of biosurgery in hospital-acquired infection

J Hosp Infect. 2004 Jan;56(1):6-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2003.09.002.


Fly larvae have been used by many different cultures for treating wounds throughout history. Recently, their therapeutic actions have been scientifically defined. This article reviews the history of biosurgery and the most recent research, which demonstrates the therapeutic action of larvae and particularly their anti-MRSA properties.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cross Infection / complications
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Cross Infection / therapy
  • Debridement / methods
  • Diptera*
  • Humans
  • Larva*
  • Methicillin Resistance*
  • Skin Ulcer / complications
  • Skin Ulcer / microbiology
  • Skin Ulcer / therapy*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / complications*
  • Staphylococcus aureus*
  • Wound Healing