Excerpt from Transactions of the Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom, Vol. 7: Session 1886-1887; With List of Officers, Members, Etc
These observations belong, therefore, to what I may call a traditionary period of the history of parasitical diseases. Nearly the sa... me may be said of the filaria in the human crystalline lens; whereas filaria in other parts of the eye, especially under the conjunctiva, is, according to Guyot, a very common disease among the negroes of Congo. This worm seems to live only in the West of Africa, in Guinea, on which account it has the name Guinea worm; but a certain number of zoologists do not think it to be quite the same as the Filaria. Medinensis. It has, therefore, been called Filaria loa, the word loa being the name of the worm in the language of the inhabitants of Congo. It is, as far as I know, only observed in the eyes of negroes and it is said that no case has been recorded in America since slavery has been abolishedxl'
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