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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Dec;87(6):1073-5. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0469. Epub 2012 Oct 29.

Ocular zoonotic onchocerca infection in a resident of Oregon.

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  • 1Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.


A long, slender filarial nematode was removed from the left anterior chamber of a resident of Oregon after several days of pain and blurred vision. The worm was identified as an Onchocerca, but it could not be further identified. This worm is the third zoonotic Onchocerca removed from the anterior chamber and the second case reported from the United States. Cases of zoonotic onchocerciasis continue to garner attention, and those cases affecting the eye are of particular interest.

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