这个寄生虫在显微镜下看来普通,但当他出现在人的眼球时就是梦魇的到来…

通常人们想到的所谓”可怕的生物”,应该是相当巨大、或者含有剧毒的,但其实有时候极其细微的生物反而会让你打从心底觉得毛骨悚然,像是体积细小、长相却相当可怕的”非洲眼虫 (African Eye Worm) “。 非洲眼虫 (也被称作loa loa worm) 主要最常

February 7, 2015
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通常人们想到的所谓”可怕的生物”,应该是相当巨大、或者含有剧毒的,但其实有时候极其细微的生物反而会让你打从心底觉得毛骨悚然,像是体积细小、长相却相当可怕的”非洲眼虫 (African Eye Worm) “。

非洲眼虫 (也被称作loa loa worm) 主要最常在西非国家被发现,这是一种相当烦人的寄生虫,每年大约有数百万人被感染,以下是显微镜中非洲眼虫的模样,或许感觉还好,但真的在人体看见时你绝对会大吃一惊…

The African Eye Worm, also know as the loa loa worm, is primarily found in West African countries. It's a nasty parasite that infects millions of people each year. Here's what one looks like under a microscope. Not too scary, right? Wait until you see when they look like in the body.
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人们通常是经由芒果蝇 (Mango Fly) 和鹿蝇 (Deer Fly) 感染非洲眼虫的,眼虫会经由苍蝇的叮咬进入人体、并且倚靠人的血液维生,它们居住在人类的皮肤之下、并且会转移到身体的其他部位,通常从外观是看不出来非洲眼虫的所在位置,但有时移动的眼虫会造成皮肤底下的肿胀发痒。

Humans can contract an African Eye Worm from mago or deer flies, like the one pictured below. The worm larvae are transmitted through the fly bites, and feed on the blood of their human hosts. They typically reside under the skin, and are know to migrate to different places throughout the body. You often don't even know the worms are there. Occasionally, the moving worms will cause itchy swellings below the skin.
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但当眼虫移动到某一个部位时,就能够清楚地被看见,那就是眼睛…

The worms are not spotted until they journey across the host's eye. If you haven't figured it out by now, this is where the African Eye Worm gets its name from.
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当非洲眼虫移动到眼球时并不会影响视力,只是会引发一些刺激和疼痛感。

When moving across the eye, the worm does not usually impair vision, but it can cause severe pain and irritation.
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但对于这个寄生虫,其实有许多方法可以对付得,除了药物治疗以外,必要时也能采取手术来去除。

There are a range of treatment options available for those infected with an African Eye Worm. The pharmaceutical diethylcarbamazine (DEC) is the preferred choice of physicians. However, surgery may be required to remove the worm in extreme cases.
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这样恐怖的病虫害,也感染了1200万人到1300万人之多。

来源:Viralnova

我的天啊…看得我全身发痒了起来,虽然不是什么致命的病毒,但对我的心灵却有着强大的破坏力…

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