Mosquito-borne parasite, Dirofilaria repens, found migrating in woman’s face

Mosquito-borne parasite, Dirofilaria repens, found migrating in woman’s face

We've all heard the urban legend about the woman with the spiders living in her face, but we've always been able to comfort ourselves with its falseness. The nodule was first noticed below her left eye and five days later, it moved to the above section of the same eye. Ten days after that, a lump resurfaced on her upper lip, causing massive swelling.

According to a 2014 study of more than 200 cases of D. repens infection in Russian Federation (which were documented over a 17-year period), doctors observed the worm moving in about 35 percent of patients. After she visited an ophthalmologist it turned out that the moving lump was a parasite known as Dirofilaria repens.

A 32-year-old patient took selfies of a lump that shifted around her face.

Two weeks after she noticed the lump, the woman finally made a decision to have it checked.

The lumps occasionally caused an itching or burning sensation, according to a case report in the New England Journal of Medicine, but otherwise weren't painful or causing any other symptoms.

They removed the squirming lump from the woman's face using local anesthetic and a pair of forceps. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dirofilaria repens is a type of long, thin parasitic roundworm that enters through mosquito bites. First, it was a small bump under her left eye.

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A physical examination showed a superficial moving along the lump. In humnans, D. repens usually manifests as either a wandering worm in the subcutaneous tissue or a granulomatous nodule, although there are reports of pulmonary dirofilariasis with this species.

The woman made a full recovery after the parasite was removed. The agency further said that humans can at times get infected with the worm accidently.

His research showed that between June 1997 and June 2013, almost 1,300 cases of dirofilariasis were found in Russian Federation and Belarus, usually among women who visited rural areas-which is how the unnamed woman in this case study is thought to have contracted the infection.

Other than Europe, this parasite is also found in the Mediterranean region and sub-Saharan Africa. Now we've had a very unwelcome reminder face creepy-crawlies are indeed possible, thanks to the case of a woman in Russian Federation.

Doctors determined that the wandering wart was actually a marauding parasite, likely transmitted by a mosquito bite on her trip. According to the doctor involved in this case, the lady caught this worm that is reportedly a sort of Nematode, on getting bitten by the mosquitoes in the outskirts of Moscow.

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