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    Worming their way into the news

    Parasites wreaking eye havoc on hook as latest 'click bait'


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    Sam Cordero recalls eating some undercooked pork at Christmastime. A couple months later, he noted a black dot moving around in his vision. Don Perez, MD, of Tampa General Hospital, observed the wiggling parasite in Cordero’s left eye. Cordero says he doesn’t think he will ever eat pork again.

    On the opposite coast, Abby Beckley of Oregon, who enjoys equestrian events, experienced irritation in her left eye about one week after a horseback riding trip. She pulled her lower lid down and saw something that looked like a piece of fuzz. She reached to grab the fuzz and “felt something in between my fingers and I pulled it out and I looked at my finger and it was a moving worm.”

    To add insult to injury, the subheading blames Beckley for contracting the condition by stating that “CDC experts suspect she just didn’t swat a flay away fast enough.” This particular worm, Thelazia gulosa, is spread from cow to cow by flies who land on or near the eyes, and Beckley is believed to be the first human to acquire this zoonotic infection.

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD
    He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of ...

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