Worm pulled from woman's eye makes medical history

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A woman pulled 14 worms from her eye after getting an infection from a cow.

Infectious disease experts reported that the woman had a total of 14 of the wriggling parasites pulled from her left eyeball after she experienced eye irritation.

Beckley sought help with an Oregon Health & Science University's Dr. Erin Bonura and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

An Oregon woman found more than a dozen wiggling worms in her eye and pulled them out one-by-one after becoming the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. The case study about Beckley's ordeal was published on Monday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

'Cases of eye worm parasitic infections are rare in the United States of America, and this case turned out to be a species of the Thelazia that had never been reported in humans, ' said study lead author Richard Bradbury, who works with the CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. "It's a cattle worm that somehow jumped into a human". Worm larvae in tears get sucked into the fly's intestines, where they grow and go through two molts. It also suggests that Americans may be more susceptible than previously thought to certain parasitic infections.

12 years ago, this particular spread of eye worm in Europe was predicted from the southern part of the continent northwards based on the same evidence that led to these latest findings in NY. "It is unusual for the United States, but it's not unusual if you've ever worked with worldwide patients, particularly in Africa and in tropical areas". "I don't even teach it in my introduction to parasitology class.I haven't taught it since I was teaching veterinary parasitology in the '90s". Later, she made a decision to look for a treatment.

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During the last summer, she chose to have the adventure of her life, so she went for spending her summer on a salmon fishing boat in Alaska.

A year-and-a-half after the revelation, Beckley says she is still taking it all in. "Doesn't mean I wasn't grossed out!"

Eventually, she chose to investigate and ended up pulling out 14 worms over the course of a few weeks. Until now, this type of worm, Thelazia gulosa, had only been found in cattle.

"The risk is utterly minimal", Crosbie told Teen Vogue. She had recently started work on a fishing boat in Alaska when her eye first began to feel irritated, as if there was an eye lash she couldn't remove.

After the worm was identified, there wasn't much doctors could do. A typical example here is the species Toxocara canis, which as the name suggests is often found in dogs. As a rule, people affected by eye worms experience inflammation, along with the sensation that there is some foreign body in the eye. Then you don't find an eyelash, but you do find a bunch of worms in there. Could the worms crawl into her brain? Although the worms cause eye irritation, Bradbury said there's likely no permanent damage. I ran into my crewmate Allison's room, and I said, 'I need you to see this!

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