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The surgeon found a worm in the woman’s head

The year before last, the 64-year-old had sought care in the Australian capital. The symptoms were judged to be signs of something serious, resembling a tumor in her head, and a year later she was placed on the operating table.

The medical team was baffled by what they saw on their screens.

– Everyone in the operating room was completely shocked. A Canberra doctor said suddenly a large mass appeared at the front of her brain Sanjaya Senanayake to ABC Media Corporation.

“she’s moving”

responsible surgeon Hari Priya Pandey He started playing.

Suddenly I picked up something flying with the tweezers. Senanayake says everyone in the operating room was in complete shock.

– I thought: what is this?? This is unreasonable. But he’s alive, says Pandey, and he’s moving Even the Canberra Times.

– and continued to spit alive. We all felt a little sick.

It turned out to be a roundworm, Ophidacaris robertsi, which had previously been found as a parasite in putrefactive snakes. But the idea that it could survive as a parasite in humans never occurred to scientists, and the issue is now attracting global attention. Senanayake and Pandey reported their findings as co-authors of a new paper In Research Journal Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID).

More cases?

The parasite’s eggs end up in the snakes’ feces. The experts concluded that the woman took it after picking vegetables in natural areas where such snakes are found.

“This case underscores the continuing risk of zoonotic disease (infection from animals to humans) when people and animals interact,” reads the research article, which does not rule out the possibility that there are more similar examples around the world:

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“Ophidascaris robertsi is only found in Australia. But other Ophidacaris species infect snakes in many places, which means that new human cases may appear globally.”