OR lady pulls greater than a dozen small worms from her eye

OR lady pulls greater than a dozen small worms from her eye

An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication, United States government researchers said on Monday.

Abby Beckley pulled the wiggly worm from her left eye in August of 2016. They said the study indicates that North Americans may be more vulnerable than previously understood to such infections.

After a week of eye irritation, she pulled a worm from her eye. About a week later, she removed a small, translucent worm.

Typically, the eye worms are spread between cattle by flies that feed on the fluid that lubricates the eyeball.

"Previously, it was thought that there were only two different species of these (Thelazia) eye worms that infected humans worldwide".

Now, for the first time, it's been observed jumping over to humans, infecting the eye of an OR woman. "Now, we have to add Thelazia gulosa, a third one to the list".


Thelazia worms are spread by species of flies that look pretty much like your typical house fly.

"I am the first, the very first case of this type of type, this species of worm in a human eye", Beckley said. These tiny worms nestle in an animal's eyes, mature, meet up to do the dirty deed, then lay larvae that are sucked in again by flies.

"This patient's outdoor pastimes of riding horses and fishing during the summer months likely allowed exposure to vector face flies, and she may have delayed brushing away of these flies from her face", the authors wrote.

After they were removed, no more worms were found and she had no additional symptoms.

"Today it's a normal student college life and my eye is fine and I'm totally fine", she said.

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