The Hawaii Farmers Union United-Hana Chapter table at the 26th Annual East Maui Taro Festival, April 21, 2018, sharing information on rat lungworm disease prevention, including free vector control supplies, and a slug picking game for kids.
Community meeting to provide updates on Rat Lungworm disease. Dr. Lorrin Pang from the Hawai'i Department of Health will be in attendance to give a presentation, along with other agencies and community members to provide updates on the state task force and the East Maui task force activities, prevention, vector control, education, diagnosis and treatment. Tuesday, March 6, 2018 5:30 - 7:00 pm Helene Hall View event on Facebook.
Sherry Bracken did a four-part series of interviews on LAVA 105.3 regarding rat lungworm disease, that are available now as podcasts on their website. Click the title of each podcast to go to the page where the audio can be download. Rat Lungworm–the basics with Dr Jon Martell, Dr Susan Jarvi, Marlena Dixon We begin our updates on angiostrongylus, rat lungworm, a truly horrific disease, with a rebroadcast of our 2015 basics with Dr. Jon Martell of Hilo Medical Center, Dr Susan Jarvi of UH Hilo College of Pharmacy, and Marlena Dixon, representing State Department of Health. In coming weeks we get an update from Drs Martell and Jarvi, plus an interview with State Department of Health about the $1 million they’ve been allocated for the disease and with members of the…
From MauiNow.com The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health recently launched a statewide broadcast media campaign to educate residents and visitors about rat lungworm disease, a potentially devastating illness that can have debilitating effects on an infected person’s brain and spinal cord.
The following update was submitted to the Hanaside News for publication in the upcoming issue: Rat Lungworm UpdateSince rat lungworm (RLW) disease cases in East Maui made the news last April, and the Department of Health scheduled a well-attended community meeting, our residents have become much more aware of the risks of this disease, and the necessary steps to prevent it. A diagnosis of rat lungworm infection can only be confirmed after examination of spinal fluid obtained by spinal tap (aka lumbar puncture or LP). Although the name "spinal tap" causes fear, the procedure is safe and relatively pain free if performed by an experienced physician (local lidocaine anesthesia provides numbness and the procedure is often described as less painful than taking a typical office blood sample). In addition, it…
We'll be doing another round of farm visits to provide RLW info and vector control supplies on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14-15. Thursday we'll be in the Nahiku area, and Friday in Kaeleku/Wakiu. Along with Mikala and Scott from the HFUU-Hana Chapter, we'll be joined again by John Frostad from the Dept of Ag Plant Quarantine Division. If anyone is interested in joining the team to learn about RLW vector control, of if you have a farm in these areas and would like a visit, please let us know!
The East Maui RLW Taskforce will be meeting on Thursday, August 17 at 5:00 at the Council Services Hana Office. We'll give an update on RLW response efforts and discuss priorities for the community moving forward. Community members are welcome to attend. Members of the state RLW working group and the point person for RLW response for the Department of Agriculture on Maui will also be present or calling in.