Live maggots were found in a neck wound of a 62-year-old neurosurgery patient at Tuen Mun Hospital on the 24th and 25th of September.

According to a Hospital Authority spokesman, the fly larvae were thriving around the opening for the patient’s tracheostomy tube and left ear.

The wound was immediately cleaned, and the maggots were submitted to the hospital’s microbiologists for testing.

It was confirmed that the larvae were those of Sarcophaga, a common fly in Hong Kong.

Examinations were repeated and showed no evidence that the incident had resulted in additional health risks for the patient, who was stable, the spokesman said.

Pest control was scheduled monthly in the patient’s ward, with the last service carried out on Friday (22 September), he added.

The incident led to additional pest control services being requested. The health institution also examined all insect trap lights and found no apparent rise in the number of caught insects.

The case was forwarded to the authority head office as well as the Centre for Health Protection.

This is the second time this has occurred in the hospital in about three months.

On the 10th of June, the hospital’s medical professionals also found several Sarcophaga larvae in a 52-year-old female patient’s neck and near her tracheostomy tube’s incision.

It has served as a reminder to both staff and patients to observe measures to avoid larvae infestation. These include the immediate and proper treatment of wounds as well as the improvement of fly-proofing methods.

Mok, D. (2017, September 27). Hospital finds maggots in Hong Kong patient’s neck wound in second case in three months | South China Morning Post.

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