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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