Big Island Video News, April 21, 2018: $300K For Rat Lungworm Research At UH-Hilo In State Budget Rat lungworm disease research at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will be getting $300,000 in recurring funding, thanks to a state budget agreement reached Friday in conference committee. The House Finance and Senate Ways and Means Committees appropriated the money for UH-Hilo programs, studies, and activities related to the prevention and eradication of rat lungworm disease, or Angiostrongyliasis cantonensis. The illness is caused by a parasite, commonly found in rats, slugs, and snails, and can cause severe damage to the human brain and spinal cord if it is ingested.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 11, 2018: Health department confirms 2 new rat lungworm cases The Hawaii Department of Health officials today confirmed two additional rat lungworm disease cases in the state. The separate cases involve an adult Maui resident and an adolescent visiting Hawaii island from New York. Health officials said the Maui resident became ill in mid-February and was briefly hospitalized. Department officials said the individual was most likely infected on Maui but had a history of traveling to Oahu and Hawaii island during the time when the infection may have occurred.
The Hawaii Farmers Union United-Hana Chapter table at the 26th Annual East Maui Taro Festival, April 21, 2018, sharing information on rat lungworm disease prevention, including free vector control supplies, and a slug picking game for kids.
New research published by Cowie et al regarding the presence of the semi-slug in Hawaii, and it's competency as a host for nematode causing rat lungworm disease. Parmarion martensi Simroth, 1893 (Gastropoda:Ariophantidae), an intermediate host of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (rat lungworm), on Maui BISHOP MUSEUM OCCASIONAL PAPERS: No. 123, 2018