“I was just in shock”: Woman realized something was crawling on her eye, and it wasn’t the only one

Rare | 2/13/2018 | Matt Naham
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Imagine the surprise, shock and horror you might feel upon realizing that you have not one but 14 worms, all less than half an inch long, crawling on your eyeball as you are enjoying a leisurely ride on horseback.

This is the experience of a 28-year-old Oregon woman who is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.

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Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the then 26-year-old Abby Beckley in August 2016, and her story is now circulating far and wide because of medical journals.

Scientists reported the case Monday.

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Beckley, was diagnosed in August 2016 with Thelazia gulosa. That’s a type of eye worm 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, scientists said.

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CNN reported that while this was first case of a cattle worm infecting a human, Beckley is the eleventh person to be infected by eye worms in North America in general.

“This is only the 11th time a person has been infected by eye worms in North America, ” Richard Bradbury of the CDC’s Parasite Diagnostics and Biology Laboratory told CNN. “But what was really exciting it that it is...
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