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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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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