Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains

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Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brainsHawaii’s health department has released fresh warnings about a parasitic worm that can infest human brains after officials confirmed that three more visitors to the state picked up the infection.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed three new cases in unrelated adults visiting Hawaii Island from the US mainland, the health department announced. The latest known victims—who became infected at different times—bring the state’s 2018 case total to 10 and the 2019 total to five.While there were 17 confirmed cases in 2017, the state counted only two cases total in the prior decade. The new case counts indicate a sustained boom in the parasite’s population and spread.Read more...From Ars Technica, May 30, 2019
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Second Case Of Rat Lungworm Disease Of 2019 Confirmed

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Big Island Video News: (BIVN) – The second case of rat lungworm disease in the state of Hawaiʻi in 2019 has been confirmed in a resident of North Hawai‘i. Both confirmed cases of the disease, also known as angiostrongyliasis, have been contracted on Hawaiʻi Island. The Hawaiʻi Department of Health issued this news release Thursday: Health officials learned recently about the adult resident of North Hawai‘i, who became ill in January. Laboratory testing though DOH’s State Laboratories Division confirmed the individual’s infection in late February. The individual was hospitalized for a short time and has since recovered.Disease investigators conducted a detailed investigation to learn more about possible sources of infection. The exact source of infection could not be identified, but investigators learned the individual had a home garden on their property.…
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DOH Confirms 2 More Cases of Rat Lungworm Disease

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Big Island Now: The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) reports two more cases of rat lungworm disease (angiostrongyliasis) contracted on Hawai‘i Island.Health officials recently learned about an adult visitor to the state who had been vacationing in North Hawai‘i last year. The visitor became ill in late December 2018 and was not diagnosed until they were hospitalized for their symptoms when they returned to the mainland. Confirmatory testing was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The individual was hospitalized for a short time and has since recovered. The adult visitor was the seventh person from Hawai‘i Island who tested positive for angiostrongyliasis in 2018, bringing the statewide total to nine confirmed cases last year.Another case of rat lungworm disease was identified in an adult resident from…
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Preliminary Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Neuroangiostrongyliasis (Rat Lungworm Disease) in Hawai’i

Preliminary Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Neuroangiostrongyliasis (Rat Lungworm Disease) in Hawai’i

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Preliminary Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Neuroangiostrongyliasis (Rat Lungworm Disease) in Hawai'i Authors: Clinical Subcommittee* of the Hawaii Governor’s Joint Task Force on Rat Lungworm Disease RLWD Preliminary Clinical Guidelines From Hawaii Department of Health Press Release: Preliminary Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Neuroangiostrongyliasis (Rat Lungworm Disease) in Hawaii August 29, 2018 The Clinical Subcommittee of the Hawaii Governor’s Joint Task Force on Rat Lungworm Disease has published its report, “Preliminary Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Neuroangiostrongyliasis (Rat Lungworm Disease) in Hawaii”. The full document can be read here; below are the key points of the report. Clinicians in Hawaii should have a high index of suspicion for neuroangiostrongyliasis. Suspect cases should be discussed with the Department of Health (DOH) Disease…
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