Oestrus ovis external ophtalmomyiasis: a case report in Burgundy France

BMC Ophthalmol. 2018 Dec 22;18(1):335. doi: 10.1186/s12886-018-1003-z.


Background: External ophtalmomyiasis (EOM) is a zoonosis related to the presence of Oestrus ovis larvae at the ocular level in small ruminants (i.e. ovine, caprine). In humans, EOM is a rare cosmopolitan disorder, mostly described in warm and dry rural areas in patients living close to livestock areas. In metropolitan France (excluding Corsica), EOM is an exceptional disease with less than 25 cases recorded since 1917.

Case presentation: We report a case of EOM in a 19-years old man in the last week of September 2016 in Burgundy.

Conclusion: The diagnosis of an EOM in Burgundy, a French region described as cold and humid, is surprising and could be due to a more marked climatic warming during the vegetative season in Burgundy resulting in the implantation of Diptera of the genus Oestrus sp. in this region.

Keywords: Burgundy; Oestrus ovis; Ophtalmomyiasis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diptera*
  • Eye / parasitology*
  • Eye Infections, Parasitic / diagnosis*
  • France
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myiasis / diagnosis*
  • Young Adult