There is always more to learn and share. Please visit our information table for resources or to chat with a Task Force member. You will find us at events and festivals in East Maui.
New research published by Cowie et al regarding the presence of the semi-slug in Hawaii, and it's competency as a host for nematode causing rat lungworm disease. Parmarion martensi Simroth, 1893 (Gastropoda:Ariophantidae), an intermediate host of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (rat lungworm), on Maui BISHOP MUSEUM OCCASIONAL PAPERS: No. 123, 2018
Initial support group meeting for Rat Lungworm disease survivors. Caregivers and medical professionals also welcomed. We will talk story about long-term symptoms, treatment, resources, etc. The format is very open for what is most useful for those affected, but basically want to create a forum for survivors to share experiences and support with each other, and also create two-way communication with medical professionals to help deal with the unique chronic symptoms of this disease. Saturday, February 24, 10am - noon Hana Old School Cafeteria
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.
Through the Hana Chapter of the Hawaii Farmers Union United, we’re working in partnership with the state Department of Ag and CTAHR on Maui to assist farmers with vector control for rat lungworm. We are doing a series of farm visits in different areas, starting on Tuesday, August 22 at farms in the Kaeleku and Ulaino Road area. We’re providing vector control supplies including different types of rat traps, slug bait, salt, gloves, tongs, bottles, etc. And we’re working with farmers with a vector control checklist, to identify habitats, share best practices, try out different methods, and learn together how to control rats and slugs to keep our local food safe. Our priority initially is to work with produce growers, but we also want to support home gardeners and anyone…
Education, prevention, research and vector control are the goals of this task force. Because fast response is imperative to greatly reducing the effects of this disease in our community, we are preceding Agency and Department support and coordinating action in response to Rat Lungworm Disease. Success will require participation so, if you live in East Maui, expect to hear from one of us about all the the ways you can participate.
Prevention and control of the disease is important to avoid the disease from spreading. • Control the rodent population by using appropriate traps. • Avoid eating raw or undercooked snails or slugs, which may be in vegetables or on fruits. • Thoroughly wash and inspect fresh produce and vegetables, especially if eaten raw. • Eliminate snails and slugs near houses and in the garden. Do not handle slugs/snails! With designated utility chopsticks or tongs. • Dispose of snails and slugs in a solu-tion of 15% salt water in a container with tight fitting lid.