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Eye-eating parasite from amusement park water ride

posted Dec 15, 2017, 6:47 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Dylan Peterson

     A Pennsylvania man and his wife have filed a lawsuit against an amusement park over claims that he contracted an eye-eating parasite after going on one of the water rides. Robert Trostle, who claims he was splashed while riding on Kennywood Park’s Raging Rapids.Both he and his wife claimed the water supply to the ride was dirty looking while waiting in line to board the ride.

Robert got splashed

near the end of the ride which simulated white water rafting.

     He initially suffered from symptoms similar to conjunctivitis which were treated with antibiotics, But, when his symptoms worsened, Trostle claims he was diagnosed with microsporidia keratitis, which “eats away at the cornea of the eye,” The lawsuit claims Trostle then underwent an “extremely painful surgery where the parasite was scraped out of the eye with a surgical scalpel, and he was required to remain in a dark room for the next two days.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “parasitic keratitis can be found in bodies of water and soil, or tap water, heating, ventilating and air conditioning units, as well as whirlpools. Infection may occur when organisms contained in water or contact lens solution enter the eye through small scrapes that can be caused by contact lens wear or minor eye injuries. It cannot be spread from to person.” CNN reported. Trostle still has pain and other complication from this parasite but hopes to get better.

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Uploaded: 12/1/17