Maggots were found falling from the ceiling of an Australian Hospital's intensive care unit.
The maggots were discovered this week in a male staff bathroom not accessible to the general public at Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania.
The hospital attempted to play down the grubby find Wednesday, saying only a small number of larvae were found by a staff member, who reported them immediately.
Spokeswoman Pene Snashall said patient hygiene was never at risk.
"The Environmental Services Team and the Infection and Prevention Control Team responded immediately with a thorough clean-up and investigation," Snashall said. "Patient safety and care was always our top priority."
But even after virtually gutting the bathroom block, the source of the infestation remains a mystery.
Maggots are sometimes used in medicine to eat dead flesh and speed up the healing of wounds — but not in this case.
Australian Nursing Federation Neroli Ellis said the incident showed the aging hospital was virtually rotting.