Schools to test, develop electric anti-slug strips

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From the Maui News, July 15, 2018 Goal is to help prevent growth of rat lungworm cases A dead slug hangs from a makeshift electrical system after crossing circuits powered by a 6-volt battery recently on Maui. Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang built the system in his backyard using electrical fence tape, which could be used by farmers and residents to combat rat lungworm disease. -- LORRIN PANG photo Four Maui County schools may spend the next school year tinkering with electrical barriers to growing numbers of snails and slugs blamed for a large outbreak of rat lungworm disease statewide last year. Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang said Friday that he solicited the help of Kamehameha Schools Maui and Hana High and Elementary, Maui High and Kalama Intermediate schools, which are “very interested” in…
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Rat lungworm is found currently on Maui, Molokai

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From the Maui News, July 15, 2018 Rat lungworm is found currently on Maui, Molokai UH study finds parasite has not made it to Lanai Researchers who studied nearly 1,300 snails and slugs across the islands say that rat lungworm could eventually make its way to higher elevations as the climate warms. Rat lungworm, a parasite that lives inside slugs and snails, was found on five of the six largest Hawaiian Islands — including Maui and Molokai, though not on Lanai — according to a University of Hawaii at Manoa study released Tuesday.
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