Don’t you hate when you wake up and you have eye crusties? Oh, and those eye crusties just happen to be 14 worms?
Recently. Abby Beckley noticed something itching her eye and when she pulled it out, found it was a wriggling little worm. Her doctor didn’t know what it was, but he found and pulled out two more worms from her eye. Then she went to a special ophthalmologist, who pulled out two more worms.
The funny thing is, when Abby first went to the hospital, the doctors couldn’t find any worms. She said: “I kept thinking, show yourselves! You have to show yourselves!” She eventually went to an infectious disease specialist in Portland, and between her and the CDC they made a chilling discovery.
Abby had been infected with a species of eye worm that typically only exists in cattle. It’s called Thelazia Gulosa and it’s spread by flies. It turns out a few weeks back, Abby had been walking through cattle fields in southern Oregon, and a fly must have brought the worm larvae into her eyeball.
Though this all happened to Abby in 2016, the medical report was just published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The doctors who wrote the report say this is the first case of Thelazia to be reported in a human in North America in over two decades. And, it’s the first human case ever for this particular type of worm.
These days, Abby is doing just fine and hasn’t had a worm in over 18 months. Of course, every time she Googles herself for the rest of her life, she’s going to get a bunch of photos of worms and eyeballs.
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