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…
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.
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 East Maui RLW Task Force will have an activity table at the 9th Annual Hana Limu Festival this Saturday, Nov. 18 at Hana Bay Beach Park from 10-3. We'll have a "slug picking" activity for kids (picking up as many ceramic slugs with chopsticks in one minute), and will be giving away vector control kits. Stop by and talk story, update on the latest information, and continue spreading the awareness about how to protect our families.
The rodent population on a Hana school campus was recently assessed by representatives of a company that produces the liquid contraceptive. http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/07/tad-bartimus-can-rat-contraception-be-a-weapon-in-war-on-lungworm-disease/?mc_cid=f1695e2936&mc_eid=da45ef7102
Fortunately dengue virus did not become established in east Maui as a result of the 2001 dengue fever outbreak. Effective interventions included community responses to decrease mosquito breeding sites, and a vigorous campaign by local public health personnel and resources from CDC Atlanta and Puerto Rico. It is also worth noting that dengue fever outbreaks generally occur in crowded urban settings and that rural conditions in east Maui were in our favor. (more…)
While east Maui is currently in focus, windward Hawaii Island has been strugling with this since 2004 (first evidence of semislug Parmarian) and 2005 (first cluster of human Angiostrongylis / rat lung worm infections). Ongoing and future goals should include prevention (or best efforts at containment) of Parmarian infestations of Kula and upcountry Maui, and Moloka'i, and Lana'i and Kauai. This is an emerging infectious disease disaster largely precipitated by human relocation of snails from Africa and South America (as food sources and aquarium pets) and redistribution of infected rats thru cargo ships across the Pacific basin and beyond. Best response should coordinate existing East Maui and Hawaii Island resources. There is much strength in our two communities colaborating. We can live safely if we think through our interventions. A…