Effective response needs to be at state level

Effective response needs to be at state level

In the news, RLW Communication, RLW Educational Material, Uncategorized
While east Maui is currently in focus, windward Hawaii Island has been strugling with this since 2004 (first evidence of semislug Parmarian) and 2005 (first cluster of human Angiostrongylis / rat lung worm infections). Ongoing and future goals should include prevention (or best efforts at containment) of Parmarian infestations of Kula and upcountry Maui, and Moloka'i, and Lana'i and Kauai. This is an emerging infectious disease disaster largely precipitated by human relocation of snails from Africa and South America (as food sources and aquarium pets) and redistribution of infected rats thru cargo ships across the Pacific basin and beyond. Best response should coordinate existing East Maui and Hawaii Island resources. There is much strength in our two communities colaborating. We can live safely if we think through our interventions. A…
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This is a force with a task

This is a force with a task

Updates From the Field
Education, prevention, research and vector control are the goals of this task force. Because fast response is imperative to greatly reducing the effects of this disease in our community, we are preceding Agency and Department support and coordinating action in response to Rat Lungworm Disease.  Success will require participation so, if you live in East Maui, expect to hear from one of us about all the the ways you can participate.  
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Prevention

Prevention

Updates From the Field
Prevention and control of the disease is important to avoid the disease from spreading. • Control the rodent population by using appropriate traps.  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked snails or slugs, which may be in vegetables or on fruits.  • Thoroughly wash and inspect fresh produce and vegetables, especially if eaten raw.  • Eliminate snails and slugs near houses and in the garden. Do not handle slugs/snails! With designated utility chopsticks or tongs.  • Dispose of snails and slugs in a solu-tion of 15% salt water in a container with tight fitting lid.     
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