Oregon woman has 14 worms pulled from eye after rare infection | Fox News

An Oregon woman with a rare eye infection may be the first human to have contracted a parasitic infection spread by flies, a scientific report released Monday said.

Abby Beckley, 26, had the worms removed from her left eye in August 2016, scientists said in a report published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

A total of 14 worms were removed from the patient’s left eye and were morphologically identified as being . Until now, only two species of  have been implicated in causing human disease,  in Asia and Europe and occasional reports of  from the United States of America. Here, we describe a third, previously unreported parasite of humans,  (the cattle eyeworm) as an agent of human thelaziasis and the first reported case of human thelaziasis in North America in over two decades.

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