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    Worming their way into the news

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



    No need for panic

    Certainly, it is not rare for humans to contract parasitic infections, but the American public’s concern about their eyes and vision makes the appearance of worms in that organ particularly enticing for the mass media probably explains why these headlines might be so attention-grabbing. It is hard to be neutral about worms (brain-eating or otherwise) popping up in one’s eyeball, and fear of losing vision is the number-one health-care worry of Americans.3

    Providing some solace to those reading these articles who might otherwise never eat meat or venture outside among pigs, cows, or flies again, both stories ended reasonably well.

    Cordero underwent a vitrectomy and his worm fell victim to the vitrector of Dr. Perez.

    Beckley had 14 worms manually extracted and apparently effected a full recovery and is leading a happy and worm-free (for now) life. 






    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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