Cattle eyeball worms found in second human, raising worry of wriggly uprising

Cattle eyeball worms found in second human, raising worry of wriggly uprising

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A 68-year-old Nebraska woman has become the second human in
history to discover parasitic cattle worms wriggling around her
eyeballs.

The cringy case—which surfaced just two years after
the first case in Oregon
—raises concern that the worms may be
angling for an uprising in the United States.

In
a recent report in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases
,
parasitologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
noted that the worm—Thelazia gulosa, aka the cattle eye
worm—has been in the US since the 1940s. “The reasons for this
species only now infecting humans remain obscure,” they write. But,
“[t]hat a second human infection with T. gulosa has occurred within
two years of the first suggest that this may represent an emerging
zoonotic disease in the United States.”

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Cattle eyeball worms found in second human, raising worry of wriggly uprising