8 have heard of ear worms.

The Richard Allan Bodine Lounge... have a drink and talk about whatever you'd like

Moderator: Moderator

Post Reply
User avatar
VinnyD
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 54541
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:35 pm

8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by VinnyD » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:03 pm

Eyeworms are new to me.

An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.

Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday.

The woman, Abby Beckley, was diagnosed in August 2016 with Thelazia gulosa. That's a type of eye worm seen in cattle in the northern United States and southern Canada, but never before in humans.

They are spread by a type of fly known as "face flies." The flies feed on the tears that lubricate the eyeball, scientists said.

She had been horseback riding and fishing in Gold Beach, Ore., a coastal, cattle-farming area.

After a week of eye irritation, Beckley pulled a worm from her eye. She visited doctors, but removed most of the additional worms herself during the following few weeks.

The worms were translucent and each less than half an inch long.

After they were removed, no more worms were found and she had no additional symptoms.[/url]

User avatar
VinnyD
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 54541
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:35 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by VinnyD » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:06 pm

Damn. I have heard of ear worms.

User avatar
Scrubb
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 21058
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:08 am

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by Scrubb » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:00 am

I think I've only heard of eye worms in science fiction. Preferred it fictional.
Boinkity_Boink isn't much of an idiot

User avatar
k2w3
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 6434
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:39 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by k2w3 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:03 am

GROSS
NA: "You just have to search out the weirdos who are weird in a way that seems perfectly normal to you."

Lost Soul
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 47692
Joined: Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:02 am

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by Lost Soul » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:07 am

Fly eggs don't turn into worms, they turn into maggots, which are advanced worms, much like flies and primates.
IMPRISON BUSH!

INDICT HILLARY!

"Lost Soul is largely correct"- VinnyD

User avatar
VinnyD
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 54541
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:35 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by VinnyD » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:53 am

Thelazia gulosa are nematodes (worms), not flies, LS. The article says they are spread by flies, not that they are flies. In fact it says they are worms, correctly.

User avatar
sieve
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 5359
Joined: Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:03 am

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by sieve » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:26 pm

God's perfect creation!
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May annoying people trip and spill a bit of coffee on their white shirts, but have no time to change, and feel completely self-conscious for the rest of the day.

Lost Soul
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 47692
Joined: Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:02 am

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by Lost Soul » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:31 pm

Thanks, Vinny. I read about it somewhere else and they hadn't mentioned the kind of worm. Nematodes are the simplest of worms.
IMPRISON BUSH!

INDICT HILLARY!

"Lost Soul is largely correct"- VinnyD

User avatar
rider5
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 17069
Joined: Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:45 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by rider5 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:45 am

That's crazy stuff. Usually zoonotic diseases are viral, bacterial, or protozoan.

We'll probably be seeing a lot more of this kind of thing in the future. Humans are everywhere all the time interacting with everything and traveling all over the world in the blink of an eye.

User avatar
Scrubb
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 21058
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:08 am

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by Scrubb » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:14 pm

I heard a lot about it on the radio this morning. Parasitologists are very excited, apparently. The woman with worms in her eyes, less so.
Boinkity_Boink isn't much of an idiot

User avatar
Scrubb
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 21058
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:08 am

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by Scrubb » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:15 pm

VinnyD wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:53 am
Thelazia gulosa are nematodes (worms), not flies, LS. The article says they are spread by flies, not that they are flies. In fact it says they are worms, correctly.
On the radio they said that the flies sit on your face drinking eye secretions, and if you don't wave them away fast enough the worms can jump off them and into your eyes.

Blergh.
Boinkity_Boink isn't much of an idiot

User avatar
DCComic
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 9027
Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:42 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by DCComic » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:19 pm

Hmmm. Ineffable.
Intelligent design moves in mysterious ways its wonders to perform.
פולאר הוא שקרן - I want my fucking money back - The only reason you continue to participate is because you hate me personally.

User avatar
VinnyD
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 54541
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:35 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by VinnyD » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:10 pm

The story is told of a pious lady who asked JBS Haldane what he had deduced about the Creator from the study of his creation. "He has," he replied, "an inordinate fondness for beetles." I don't see why he shouldn't also be looking after nematodes.

User avatar
rider5
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 17069
Joined: Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:45 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by rider5 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:26 am

I read about a couple that vacationed in the Caribbean somewhere (I think Dominica) and contracted hookworms recently. Hookworms used to be a problem in the S US. I think these types of pests that were brought under control will start making a comeback in the developed West.

User avatar
VinnyD
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 54541
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:35 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by VinnyD » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:40 pm

The U.S. thought it wiped out hookworm decades ago. But a new study shows that it never truly went away.

Hookworm thrives in regions of extreme poverty with poor sanitation and affects some 740 million people worldwide. Developing nations with warm, moist climates, in regions like South America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, are most susceptible to the worm.

Trying To Get The World Unhooked From Hookworm
GOATS AND SODA
Trying To Get The World Unhooked From Hookworm
Hookworm primarily spreads when an infected person defecates outside, leaving behind stool contaminated with hookworm eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the soil becomes infested with worms, which can latch on to the bare feet of anyone walking by. The microscopic worms burrow into the body through a hair follicle and ultimately worm their way into the small intestine to feed on blood. One form of hookworm can be ingested via contaminated soil or food.

Hookworm was rampant in the U.S. more than 100 years ago. It thrived in the poor south, where many families could not afford proper outhouses and sewer systems were rare.

Thanks to widespread treatment efforts, education and economic development, the parasitic worm was eradicated in the U.S. although the exact date isn't clear — somewhere between the 1950s and the 1980s. Hookworm was now just a problem of the developing world — or so we thought.

Now, a new study has uncovered a community of people infected with hookworm in Alabama. The study, published this month, found that 19 of 55 individuals tested positive for the worm.

"I was very surprised by this," says Dr. David Diemert, a hookworm expert at George Washington University. "There has not been any documentation of people being infected in the U.S. for the past couples of decades; we thought there was no more local transmission in the U.S."

How is it possible?

Lowndes County, Alabama, is one of the poorest counties in the U.S. — so poor that many residents lack proper sewage systems. Unable to afford a septic system, residents concoct their own sewer line using PVC piping, the researchers observed. The pipe runs from the toilets in their homes and stretches off some 30 feet above ground until it reaches a small ditch.

"This seems safe to [the residents]," says Dr. Rojelio Mejia, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist at the Baylor College of Medicine who led the hookworm study. "But Alabama is very hilly and any drizzle of rain causes flooding, so whatever they delivered to the site spreads to the entire area, including their neighbors' area."

The soil in the area, Mejia adds, also drains poorly, worsening the situation.

When the trenches overflow, the soil becomes contaminated with waste. Anyone walking outside barefoot, or even with bare ankles, risks hookworm infection — that's because the worms are expert at latching on to passers-by.

. . . .

Treatment, however, is easy. One dose of albendazole — two 200mg pills — can clear the worms out.

But as we've learned in other countries, treatment is only a temporary fix.

"We can't prevent people from getting re-infected until they deal with their sewage problem," Diemert says. "You can give as much education as you want, but if they still have flooding and no resources for proper plumbing, you can't do much to stop it from happening again."

Fixing the problem is next to impossible for much of the community, according to the research team. The average income in Lowndes County is $18,036 and a septic system for a single home would cost about $15,000.

"In my study, we have a very poor, disenfranchised population here that is being neglected," Mejia says. "Everybody was African American and living below the poverty line."
NPR

User avatar
rider5
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 17069
Joined: Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:45 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by rider5 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:44 pm

Lowndes County here I come.

User avatar
VinnyD
Stew Ingredient
Posts: 54541
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:35 pm

Re: 8 have heard of ear worms.

Post by VinnyD » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:15 pm

If I recall correctly, the bridge that MLK, John Lewis, and others were prevented from crossing in 1965 would have taken them into Lowndes County.

Post Reply