Updated April 12th, 2024 at 20:33 IST

Woman In Congo Lived With A Rare Parasite In Her Eyes For 2 years After Eating Crocodile Meat

Doctors discovered a rare parasite that had been lying in a woman's eye for two years, causing an unusual medical problem after she consumed crocodile meat.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Parasite lying in a woman's eye for two years | Image:JAMA Network
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Congo: According to a report, doctors discovered a rare parasite that had been lying in a woman's eye for two years. The cause of this unusual medical problem could be infected crocodile meat.

A 28-year-old woman from Basankusu, Congo, was medically examined with a growing mass in her left eye. Surprisingly, she had no symptoms other than the obvious bulge. 

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Upon medical examination, doctors discovered a movable lump beneath the conjunctiva, the transparent outer covering of the eye. Surgical removal revealed a pale, C-shaped larva measuring around 0.4 inch (10 mm) in thickness, according to a report.

The medical team discovered that the woman frequently consumed crocodile meat. As a result, it is possible that the infection could be contracted through the consumption of crocodile meat contaminated with parasites.

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Published April 12th, 2024 at 20:33 IST