A Russian woman who watched perplexed as a lump appeared on her face and then moved from one place to the next discovered the lump was alive.
Dr. Vladimir Kartashev at the Rostov State Medical University in Russian Federation explained that the women had initially witnessed a nodule under the left eye, which moved up to the top of the left eye within just five days.
The lump them migrated to her top lip, causing it to swell and itch a little, resulting in a burning sensation. The Russian woman said she had recently traveled to a rural area outside Moscow and was frequently bitten by mosquitoes, according to the new report (in the New England Journal of Medicine)...
In some cases, the worm's active movement near eyelids can be noticed.
Fortunately, the worm is not found in the USA however there are other creepy crawlies lurking about to be concerned about. This patient made a full recovery once the worm was removed surgically. Five days later it was gone, but another had formed just above her left eye.
There was also in incident when Canadian couple Katie Stephens and Eddie Zytner came home from their tropical vacation to the Dominican Republic with hookworms in their feet after walking barefoot on the beach.
The 32-year-old then went to see an eye doctor who noticed the lump was moving around the upper left eyelid, according to the report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In humans the worms cause a lump under the skin that occasionally move around. As this worm remains typically infertile inside the human beings, the solution to these types of cases is generally removing the worm by a surgery. But as the larvae is spread by infected mosquitos, they can accidentally invade the human body too.
The woman reported having no other symptoms.
Once under a human's skin, the worm, which is spread by mosquito bites, can not breed.
The lead author of the report in NEJM, Vladimir Kartashev, an infectious disease expert at Rostov State Medical University in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, told The Washington Post in an email that D. repens is an "emerging disease" in the western part of the former Soviet Union and certain parts of Europe.