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 blood test as an alternative to the spinal tap doctors currently use to diagnose the disease.