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Eye worm infections typically occur in children and the elderly, experts said.
Cases of eye worm parasitic infections are rare in the USA, and this case turned out to be a species of the Thelazia that had never been reported in humans," Bradbury said, adding that previously it was thought there were only two different species of these eye worms that infected humans worldwide, and now Thelazia gulosa is the third.
Two other types of Thelazia eye worm infections had been seen in people before, but never this kind, according to Richard Bradbury of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The equine eye worm, Thelazia lacrymalis, is about 19 millimeters long and lives in the tear duct and conjunctival sac of the horse's eye.
The worms often migrate across the eye, where they cause itching and congestion, hence the old African name for the disease: eye worm.
3% each), luxation of lens, exophthalmos, eye worm, panophthalmia (1.
callipaeda, the "oriental eye worm," is common in the former Soviet republics and in India, Thailand, People's Republic of China, and Japan (2), where it causes infections in humans, dogs, and cats (3).
On detailed clinical examination, eye worm (Thelazia sp.