An Oregon woman has made case history, being the first human to be diagnosed with a rare parasitic infection that usually occurs in cattle, dogs, and cats. After spending time fishing and horseback riding in a rural area, the woman discovered that she had tiny worms in her eyes.
Worms in Eyes Carried by Face Flies
In August 2016, 26-year-old Abby Beckley from Oregon became the first known medical case of a human being infested with parasites normally observed in cattle or house pets. Before coming down with the condition, Beckley declared that she spent some time at the Golden Beach, a coastal and farming area, fishing and riding horses.
Soon after returning from her trip, Beckley recalls her eyes were itching badly. After a couple of days of scratching and more itching, the woman pulled out something that looked like a small, white string, only to find out later that it actually was a tiny worm.
According to the doctor who handled Beckley’s case, the woman was diagnosed with Thelazia gulosa infestation, a type of worm which usually nestles inside the eyelids of cattle and household pets such as cats and dogs.
Moreover, according to Beckley’s doctors, these parasites are transmitted by the so-called face flies, tiny insects that feed on tears. Although the Oregon woman went to the doctor for treatment, she’s managed to remove most of the worms on her own. Since she started treatment, there are no signs of infection.
The woman’s case is indeed a breakthrough in parasitology, as the doctors claim this to be the first case of animal-to-human eye worms infection case.
Beckley recalls that the worms she pulled from underneath her eyelids were no more than an inch long and had a translucent body.
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