NEW YORK (AP) – A woman from the Oregon who had worms coming out of her eyes is called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.
Fourteen small worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case on Monday.
The woman, Abby Beckley, was diagnosed in August 2016 with Thelazia gulosa. This is a type of worm of the eye seen in cattle in the northern United States and southern Canada but never before in humans.
They are spread by a type of fly known as "face flies". The flies feed on the tears that lubricate the eyeball, the scientists said.
She had been on horseback and fished in Gold Beach, Oregon, a coastal cattle breeding area.
After a week of eye irritation, Beckley pulled a worm out of her eyes. He visited the doctors, but removed most of the additional worms during the following weeks.
The worms were translucent and less than half an inch long.
After they were removed, no more worms were found and no further symptoms.
The worms of the eye are seen in different types of animals, including dogs and cats. They can be spread by different types of flies.
Two other types of Thelazia eye worm infections have been observed in people before, but never so, according to Richard Bradbury of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was the lead author of the study.
The report was published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
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