OR woman pulls more than a dozen small worms from her eye

OR woman pulls more than a dozen small worms from her eye

Over the course of the next few weeks, 14 worms, in total, emerged from Beckley's eyes. It was the first time this particular parasite had ever been found in humans, writes Engelaupt.

The worm quickly died outside the safety of her eye but there were still 13 more she managed to remove on her own.

Beckley was determined with Thelazia gulosa.

The CDC said that Beckley is only the 11th person documented to get an eye worm infection, and it was a new species of cattle worm that has never been seen to infect a person.

That worm is found throughout the northern USA and southern Canada, but until now was never found to affect humans.

The disease is spread by "face flies" that flock to and feed on tears lubricating the eyeball, scientists say.

Beckley had horseback riding and fishing in Gold Beach, cattle farming area. So, when she first noticed an irritation in her left eye, she didn't think much of it.

Abby Beckley is a young woman from OR who discovered a frightful fact - she was infected with eye worms.

She visited a doctor who pulled out two more followed by an optometrist finding three more worms on her eye.

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Dr. Erin Bonura told that she asked her to keep pulling out the worms because medicine can kill the worms in the eye and wouldn't be removed. She went to check it out and was horrified when she pulled out a tiny wriggling worm from the bottom of her eyelid.

Beckley's GP and an optometrist then removed five further parasites before she saw an infectious disease specialist.

Eye worms are seen in several kinds of animals, including cats and dogs. Most people avoid the condition as they usually wave flies away from their face.

"Cases of eye worm parasitic infections are rare in the US, 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.

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And a local doctor had no suggestions.

"It was shocking when it happened, and it's just fascinating now", she told the Tribune.

Abby Beckley suffered the disgusting condition, which is called Thelazia gulosa, after living on an OR ranch and coming into contact with the parasites. I ran into my crewmate Allison's room, and I said, "I need you to see this!" However, when left untreated, the worms can live and reproduce up to 30 months, leading to vision loss or even blindness.

They took samples and sent them to the CDC for a proper investigation.

Initially, the doctors thought Beckley could be infected with Thelazia californiensis because that is the only species that was known to infect humans in the US.