14 cattle eyeworms removed from Oregon woman’s eye

Thelazia gulosa
THE EYES HAVE IT Fourteen Thelazia gulosa nematodes, or cattle eyeworms, took up residence in the left eye of an Oregon woman, making her the first ever reported human case.

A 26-year-old woman felt something in her left eye. For days, she couldn’t shake the sensation. But this was no errant eyelash or dive-bombing gnat.

A week after that first irritation, the Oregon resident pulled a translucent worm, about a centimeter long, from her eye. With that harrowing feat, she became the first ever reported case of a human infestation with the cattle eyeworm, Thelazia gulosa. “This is a very rare event and exciting from a parasitological perspective,” says medical parasitologist Richard Bradbury of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “Perhaps not so exciting…

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