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14 worms pulled from woman's eye after rare infection
Published in 13-2-2018
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NEW YORK (AP) An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday. The woman, Abby 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. She had been horseback riding and fishing in Gold Beach, Oregon, a coastal, cattle-farming area.