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A case of insect colonization before the death

Vanin, Stefano, Bonizzoli, Manuela, Migliaccio, Maria Luisa, Buoninsegni, Laura Tadini, Bugelli, Valentina, Pinchi, Vilma and Focardi, Martina (2017) A case of insect colonization before the death. Journal of Forensic Sciences. ISSN 0022-1198

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Forensic entomology is a branch of forensic science in which insects are used as evidence in legal investigations relating to humans, domestic animals and wildlife. One of the theoretical pillars on which the discipline is based concerns the fact that flies colonize a body after death. However in cases of myiasis, maggots are present before death, with consequences in the correct estimation of the minimum postmortem interval (mPMI). We report here the case of a woman, largely colonized by fly larvae, who has lain alive in her garden for four days prior to being rescued. Larvae were found on the conjunctivae, the bronchi, the rectum and vagina. The woman's death, two months later, was caused by tetanus. The consequences of myiasis on mPMI estimation are here discussed. In fact, despite she was still alive larvae, indicated and estimated age of 1.5–2.5 days, based on environmental and body temperature.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Vanin, S., Bonizzoli, M., Migliaccio, M. L., Buoninsegni, L. T., Bugelli, V., Pinchi, V. and Focardi, M. (2017), A Case of Insect Colonization Before the Death. J Forensic Sci. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.13481, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: Sally Hughes
Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 08:29
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:00


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