Big Island Video News, $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.

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