Gruesome footage shows 5cm-long parasite worms being pulled from women’s EYES after they caught them ‘while bathing in rivers’
- The unnamed women went to a doctor where they live in Vietnam
- They had been suffering from eye pain which the doctor soon discovered why
- The video shows dozens of black worms were removed from the eyes
- According to reports, the women often bathe in rivers, where parasites can live
Gruesome footage has revealed the moment 5cm-long parasitic worms were pulled from women’s eyes.
The women, from Vietnam, lie very still as a doctor retrieves dozens of black worms which are swimming in their eyes.
According to local reports, the women often bathe and wash their clothes in streams.
It is likely this is how they came into contact with the parasites, which often live in water and strike their host.
Grumesome footage shows the moment 5cm-long black parasitic worms are pulled from women’s eyes in Vietnam
The women, who have not been named, went to a clinic in the Cao Bằng province in the north of Vietnam on July 2.
They complained of eye pain, but it isn’t clear how long the suffered for, or if there were any other symptoms common to infections caused by parasites.
Upon exploration, the doctors found the worm-like creatures which were still moving once removed.
Footage shows the doctor using a tiny plastic stick to take the parasites out and tries to dispose of in a bowl of water.
By the end of the video, there are worms in all sizes wriggling in the bowl.
A parasite is an organism that enters its host to live off their nutrients. Once in the body, it can remain there for many years and cause damage to organs such as the bladder, kidneys and liver.
WHAT IS A PARASITE?
A parasite is an organism which lives inside another living organism, and depends on other creatures in order to stay alive. They often harm their host in the process.
Many different parasites affect humans and they can transmit deadly diseases such as malaria and trichomoniasis, which can be passed on during sex.
Around three quarters of parasites are so small they’re not visible to the human eye but some, such as worms, may grow much larger.
Examples of parasites which may live in humans include tapeworms and roundworm, which both live in the digestive tract.
Possible symptoms of parasite infection include skin bumps or rashes, weight loss or increased appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhoea, and fever.
Source: Medical News Today
Infestation can cause death by compromising nutrition, affecting cognitive processes and tissues, according to the World Health Organization.
It is not clear which parasites were living in the women’s eyes – or for whole long – as there are thousands of parasites.
Most people affected with an infection live in developing countries, where there is not enough clean drinking water or an effective sanitation system to keep infected feces from a host contaminating food and water in their environment.
While some parasites are ingested when a person eats contaminated food, many parasites live in water and cause disease when a person swallows or has contact with the water.
Schistosomiasis is an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water in places including Asia and South America. It burrows into the skin of person who swims or washes in contaminated water.
Tiny one-celled animals called acanthamoeba reside in water all over the world, including tap water, swimming pools, and hot tubs.
Upon exploration, the doctors found the worm-like creatures which were still moving once removed. Some were clear (pictured)
While some parasites are ingested from contaminated food, many parasites live in water
They can infect the eye and cause Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) infection, which occurs more easily in people who wear contacts while in the water.
AK infection is on the rise in the UK, according to the charity Fight For Sight.
Helminths, which are worm-like parasites, including roundworms and flatworms, can generally be seen with the naked eye due to their larger size.