East Hawaii Protocol for treating RLW

Diagnosis and Treatment, In the news
From the Hawaii-Tribune Herald: One of the most challenging aspects of rat lungworm disease is the lack of a standardized treatment protocol. But that might have changed. “We think we found a good recipe for helping these patients recover,” said Hilo Medical Center spokeswoman Elena Cabatu. Dr. Jon Martell, the hospital’s medical director, described to the Tribune-Herald what might become known as the East Hawaii protocol for treatment of rat lungworm. Any patient whose symptoms are severe enough to visit the emergency room, Martell said, needs high-dose intravenous steroids to reduce inflammation. After two days of steroid treatment, deworming medication called albendazole should be used. Read the rest...
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Task Force Meeting August 17

RLW Communication, Updates From the Field, Vector Control
The East Maui RLW Taskforce will be meeting on Thursday, August 17 at 5:00 at the Council Services Hana Office. We'll give an update on RLW response efforts and discuss priorities for the community moving forward. Community members are welcome to attend. Members of the state RLW working group and the point person for RLW response for the Department of Agriculture on Maui will also be present or calling in.
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Assisting Farmers with RLW Vector Control

Assisting Farmers with RLW Vector Control

Updates From the Field, Vector Control
Through the Hana Chapter of the Hawaii Farmers Union United, we’re working in partnership with the state Department of Ag and CTAHR on Maui to assist farmers with vector control for rat lungworm. We are doing a series of farm visits in different areas, starting on Tuesday, August 22 at farms in the Kaeleku and Ulaino Road area. We’re providing vector control supplies including different types of rat traps, slug bait, salt, gloves, tongs, bottles, etc. And we’re working with farmers with a vector control checklist, to identify habitats, share best practices, try out different methods, and learn together how to control rats and slugs to keep our local food safe. Our priority initially is to work with produce growers, but we also want to support home gardeners and anyone…
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