Toddler contracts rat lungworm disease in first Oahu case in 2018

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From Honolulu Star-Advertiser The state Department of Health has confirmed the first case of rat lungworm disease on Oahu this year. Department officials said this morning that toddler became ill this month and was hospitalized. Staff conducted an investigation where laboratory tests confirmed the child had the rat lungworm disease parasite, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, in the toddler’s spinal fluid. This is the first confirmed case of the diseased contracted on Oahu this year and the fourth confirmed case statewide in 2018.
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Hilo lab secures state funding to fight rat lungworm disease

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From Hawaii News Now: For the first time, a lab at the University of Hawaii at Hilo that is helping to combat rat lungworm disease, will be getting a reliable source of state funding. [...] Before wrapping up their latest session, legislators allocated $300,000 in recurring funding in the state budget for rat lungworm disease research and other programs at the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy. Most of the money will go to a lab run by Sue Jarvi. "One thing people keep asking us is, 'How can we treat our vegetables?' and so one of the major studies I'd like to be able to do is to look at different physical and chemical treatments," said Jarvi, a UH professor. Jarvi also wants to expand studies they've been doing to develop a…
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VIDEO: Renowned veterinarian talks Rat Lungworm Disease

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From Big Island Video News Richard Malik, a renowned veterinarian from Australia, gave a public talk about animals contracting rat lungworm disease to an audience assembled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Science and Technology Building on Tuesday evening. The talk, entitled “Rat lungworm disease: A one health approach using animals as sentinels,” was sponsored by the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. Malik, who is from the University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science, first diagnosed rat lungworm disease in dogs in Sydney in 1989. According to UH, Malik “has researched the incidence and development of the infection in companion animals, wildlife, and human patients. Malik also is a consultant in small animal medicine with a special interest in infectious diseases of companion animals.” Malik noted…
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