Parasitic guest made itself at home in woman's face

A Lump Moving Across a Woman's Face Was a Parasitic Worm Crawling Under Her Skin

A Lump Moving Across a Woman's Face Was a Parasitic Worm Crawling Under Her Skin

A odd lump that appeared to move on a woman's face turned out to be a parasitic warm crawling beneath her skin. Things changed when that small lump spent the next two weeks navigating the woman's face. Five days later, the lump had moved to above her left eye.

The woman first noticed the parasite under her eye.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, she told doctors the nodules appeared after she visited a rural area outside Moscow, where she was bitten repeatedly by mosquitoes.

The report details how the woman from Russian Federation became the host of a parasitic worm after being bitten by a mosquito.

The CDC states that D. repens - the species the woman in Russian Federation had - are not seen in the United States; another species, D. tenuis, has been reported in North America, but only in raccoons. They believed she picked it up from a mosquito bite.

She reported experiencing a little itching and burning while the worm traveled just under her skin.

Supreme Court says states can require online retailers to collect sales tax
Typically states would focus their efforts on online vendors and not the customers, but with today's ruling, it becomes moot. The estimate represented between 2 and 4 percent of total state and local sales tax collections in 2016, the analysts said.

How? Thomas Nolan, director of the clinical parasitology laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, said mosquitoes ingest the microfilariae (the parasite's undeveloped embryos), which then travel to the insect's gut and mature into the first-, second- and third-stage larvae. When the mosquito bites an animal or a person, the larvae leaves the mouth and goes into the skin through the bite site.

A doctor performed surgery to pull the stringy worm out from the woman's face.

Hence, these parasites cannot reach a point of maturity inside the human body nor can it reproduce. They are often found near the eyelids. The majority of infections were reported in the head or neck, but also occurred in the limbs, trunk and genitalia. While it is significantly less common, the worms can be found in specific organs in humans, such as the lungs. An ophthalmologist observed what was called a "superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid", and upon further investigation, doctors made a troubling discovery.

A woman in Russian Federation found a small lump on her face, and what it turned out to be will leave all hypochondriacs shaking.

But according to the report in Parasites & Vectors, if continues to spread, it's possible that it could be introduced in the United States by infected dogs who come into the country.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.