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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Toddler contracts rat lungworm disease in first Oahu case in 2018

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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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Hilo lab secures state funding to fight rat lungworm disease

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From Hawaii News Now: 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…
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VIDEO: Renowned veterinarian talks Rat Lungworm Disease

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From Big Island Video News Richard Malik, a renowned veterinarian from Australia, gave a public talk about animals contracting rat lungworm disease to an audience assembled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Science and Technology Building on Tuesday evening. The talk, entitled “Rat lungworm disease: A one health approach using animals as sentinels,” was sponsored by the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. Malik, who is from the University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science, first diagnosed rat lungworm disease in dogs in Sydney in 1989. According to UH, Malik “has researched the incidence and development of the infection in companion animals, wildlife, and human patients. Malik also is a consultant in small animal medicine with a special interest in infectious diseases of companion animals.” Malik noted…
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$300K For Rat Lungworm Research At UH-Hilo In State Budget

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Big Island Video News, April 21, 2018: $300K For Rat Lungworm Research At UH-Hilo In State Budget Rat lungworm disease research at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will be getting $300,000 in recurring funding, thanks to a state budget agreement reached Friday in conference committee. The House Finance and Senate Ways and Means Committees appropriated the money for UH-Hilo programs, studies, and activities related to the prevention and eradication of rat lungworm disease, or Angiostrongyliasis cantonensis. The illness is caused by a parasite, commonly found in rats, slugs, and snails, and can cause severe damage to the human brain and spinal cord if it is ingested.
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Health department confirms 2 new rat lungworm cases

Health department confirms 2 new rat lungworm cases

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 11, 2018: Health department confirms 2 new rat lungworm cases The Hawaii Department of Health officials today confirmed two additional rat lungworm disease cases in the state. The separate cases involve an adult Maui resident and an adolescent visiting Hawaii island from New York. Health officials said the Maui resident became ill in mid-February and was briefly hospitalized. Department officials said the individual was most likely infected on Maui but had a history of traveling to Oahu and Hawaii island during the time when the infection may have occurred.  
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