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Can maggots help cure MRSA?

2nd May 2007

A new study has shown maggots can help to swiftly and effectively treat MRSA patients.


Researchers from the University of Manchester treated 13 diabetic patients between the ages of 18 and 80.

The subjects had chronic foot ulcers infected with MRSA, which were treated by the application of green bottle fly larvae. The sterile larvae were applied to the wounds for four days at a time.

Researchers discovered that all the patients but one were healed within an average of three weeks. The standard treatment for MRSA usually takes an average of 28 weeks. The university has been given a £98,000 grant to perform further tests.

Professor Andrew Boulton, who published the results in the journal Diabetes Care, said the results were “very exciting.? His team have used maggots to treat the foot ulcers of patients at the Manchester Diabetes Centre and the Manchester Royal Infirmary for ten years.

He said: “We have demonstrated for the first time the potential of larval therapy to eliminate MRSA infection of diabetic foot ulcers.?

"If confirmed in a randomized controlled trial, larval treatment would offer the first non-invasive and risk-free treatment of this increasing problem and a safe and cost-effective treatment in contrast to the expensive and potentially toxic antibiotic remedies.?

Professor Boulton’s team will now carry out a randomized trial in order to compare the results of this treatment with two others.

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