Pests, whether you are talking about rodents or insects, can have a significant impact on human health. In this blog, we look into diseases caused by house flies.
Mechanism of Injury
In the medical world, we talk about the mechanism of injury as the most significant cause of an illness or injury. In the case of house flies the mechanism of injury is almost always that transfer of harmful organism from the fly to the victim. That occurs because house flies and a few other species of flies, regurgitate whatever they ate last so that they can re-ingest it or make room for something better. In short, if the fly was consuming dog feces or feeding on a dead and rotten piece of roadkill then when it lands again it will throw that up and go for it a second time. Mostly, humans catch disease from flies by accidentally consuming that barf. If the fly lands on your lunch and just dined on that dead cat down the road, then guess what… you are eating dead cat too. More seriously is that what they regurgitate also contains bacteria, virus, and other organisms that spread disease to humans. The fly is often merely a vector, but the results can be life threatening.
Diseases Spread by House Flies
- Gastroenteritis – The stomach flu
- Tuberculosis – A serious lung disease caused by bacteria
- Salmonellosis – The disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella.
In fact, science has linked the spread of 65 + diseases to houseflies including conjunctivitis, typhoid, and Cholera.
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