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Woman's selfies capture moving lump on face: a parasite

Woman's selfies capture moving lump on face: a parasite”

The 32-year-old woman (name has not been released) said that the lump felt a little itchy and burned at times but otherwise, it did not really trouble her. Five days later, the lump had moved to above her left eye. Then, 10 days later, it moved to her upper lip.

The type of worm which lodged itself in the woman's eye are the kind which can enter people's immune system and cause elephantiasis or blindness.

She documented random bumps on her face with a series of selfies over a two-week period.

The freakish condition that the 32-year-old Russian woman suffered from eventually ended up being a case study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Her unusual lump became a case study in The New England Journal of Medicine by two leading professors from Russian Federation and Spain-Migrating Dirofilaria repens. 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. She finally visited a physician who reported a "superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid". "A parasite was fixed with forceps and removed surgically". The woman made a full recovery after the procedure.

Although it is rare for the parasite to infect humans - it naturally lives in dogs and other carnivores - there are definitely enough recorded cases to make you uncomfortable. According to a 2015 study by Kartashev and colleagues that reviewed data on Diro?laria cases in Russian Federation and Belarus, the number of reported cases increased from eight in 1997 to almost 200 cases in 2012.

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. So a human infection by one of these worms is always an accident.

It gets transmitted via mosquitoes and that's how it gets into humans, but the consequences are far less dire than other parasite infections.

A related worm species is known as "heartworm" in dogs.

Mr Ali said: 'When I walk, I feel as if a weight of four to five kgs have been tied to my legs.

Specialists told Mr Ali's family, who earn just £2 a day, surgery could help ease his symptoms but will cost more than £3,000.

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