Doctors remove 14 cattle worms from woman's eye

She has made medical history, say scientists

An Oregon woman whose left eye was teeming with tiny translucent worms is believed to be the first person to develop a parasitic infestation previously seen only in cattle.


Fourteen translucent parasitic worms of the species Thelazia gulosa, all less than 1.27cm long, were extracted from the 26-year-old woman's eye over 20 days, according to a statement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The worm, also known as cattle eyeworm, is spread by flies that feed on tears. 

The researchers said the woman noticed a