The tiny creatures seen on Chinese-made clothes which have recently caused widespread public concern in the central province of Phu Yen have been identified by local scientists as maggots of a housefly species.
These maggots, which look like leeches, develop from the eggs of a fly species living in highly polluted water, so there is no possibility that they grew from the clothes, as rumored, said deputy professor Le Xuan Canh, head of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources.
“It is likely that the water at the house of the woman who bought the clothes is polluted,” he judged.
The scientist added that maggots are unable to harm people, and they will only know whether it is a harmful species when the maggots grow into adult flies.
As previously reported, Nguyen Thi Phung, a woman from Hoa Quan Bac commune in Phu Yen province, found a large number of tiny creatures on a Chinese-made shirt and a pair of trousers that she had bought from a local market after she soaked the clothes in a water basin on Jan. 17.
The creatures were measured at 1 to 1.5cm long, and some were as large as a chopstick head. They grew quickly and reproduced exponentially, Phung told local media.
She and her family members tried to kill them with petroleum, salt, and even insecticide, but the creatures did not die. They finally buried them underground.
Le Ngoc Linh, vice-head of the Quy Nhon Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology in Binh Dinh province, which neighbors Phu Yen, had previously claimed that he has never seen this creature before since it does not belong to any family of insect or parasite.
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