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Parasite that lived in woman's eye for 2 years likely came from crocodile meat

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A mass that had been growing in a woman's eye for two years turned out to be a parasite that sometimes passes from reptiles to humans, doctors say.  The doctors flagged contaminated crocodile meat as a potential source of the rare infection, which may make it the first case of its kind in medical literature.

The report's authors diagnosed the woman with an infection called "ocular pentastomiasis," a rare eye infection caused by parasites called pentastomids. In this case, a parasite had embedded itself under the conjunctiva, or clear outer membrane, of the patient's left eye. There, it had grown to about 0.4 inch (10 millimeters) long.


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