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  • HI: 2019 Lungworm

    Source: https://www.kitv.com/story/39962106/...land-wednesday

    Two new cases of Rat Lungworm Disease confirmed on Big Island Wednesday
    Two new cases of Rat Lungworm Disease confirmed on the Big Island Wednesday. According to the Department of Health, two adults have contracted the disease, one is a visitor who was on vacation last year. The visitor became sick in late December and was diagnosed and hospitalized after returning home. That person has since recovered. The second was a East Hawaii resident who became ill in January then was hospitalized in early February. The Department of Health is c...
    Wednesday, February 13th 2019, 7:14 PM HST by KITV Web Staff

    Two new cases of Rat Lungworm Disease confirmed on the Big Island Wednesday.

    According to the Department of Health, two adults have contracted the disease, one is a visitor who was on vacation last year...

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    Source: https://www.foxnews.com/health/hawai...ase-big-island

    Hawaii confirms third case of rat lungworm disease in Big Island resident
    By Madeline Farber | Fox News

    State health officials have confirmed a case of rat lungworm disease in a resident on Hawaiiís Big Island.

    The resident, who lives in East Hawaii and was not identified by the State of Hawaii Department of Health, contracted the disease on the stateís Big Island. The case marks the third confirmed case of rat lungworm disease in the state this year.

    Health officials formally confirmed the case in mid-April but noted the person, who was hospitalized as a result of the disease, was potentially infected with rat lungworm as early as February...

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    • #3
      Source: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/...gworm-disease/

      3 Hawaii island visitors confirmed to have contracted rat lungworm disease
      By Nina Wu Today Updated 12:55 p.m.

      The state Health Department has received confirmation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of three unrelated cases of rat lungworm disease diagnosed in visitors to Hawaii island.

      All three were adults from the U.S. mainland visiting Hawaii between now and last year when they were infected with the parasitic roundworm causing rat lungworm disease. The disease can have debilitating effects on an infected personís brain and spinal cord.

      One of the individuals visited East Hawaii in December 2018 and became infected after eating a slug on a dare. The other two individuals traveled to Hawaii islandís west side, and the exact source of their infections remains unknown, but one consumed homemade salads and the other ate unwashed fruits and vegetables.

      In chronological order:...

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      • #4
        Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...se-Hawaii.html

        Hawaii hit with outbreak of rare rat lungworm disease spread by invasive slug-snail hybrid, infecting 82 over the last 10 years

        Rat lungworm disease is a rare infection from a parasite carried by rats
        Humans can be infected by eating undercooked or raw snails and slugs
        82 cases have been reported in Hawaii between 2007 and 2017
        Researchers believe most the cases caused by an invasive creature that is half-snail and half-slug, known as the semi-slug
        The semi-slug is tiny and fast-climbing, meaning it can easily get into water tanks or hide in unwashed produce

        By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
        Published: 16:00 EDT, 10 July 2019 | Updated: 16:00 EDT, 10 July 2019

        An invasive half-slug creature could be behind the cases of rat lungworm disease in Hawaii, a new study finds.

        Between 2007 and 2017, 82 cases of the parasitic infection have been recorded in the Aloha State.

        Rat lungworm disease is caused by a parasite carried by rats, which excrete larvae that slugs or snails ingest.

        Humans then knowingly or unknowingly eat the slugs and snails that are often hiding in unwashed produce.

        Clinically known as angiostrongyliasis, the disease attacks the brain and spinal cord, and can even result in paralysis...

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        • #5
          Source: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/0...gworm-disease/



          DOH: Visitor to Hawaii Island contracts 6th confirmed case of rat lungworm disease
          By HNN Staff | July 10, 2019 at 4:51 PM HST - Updated July 10 at 4:53 PM

          HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -The State Department of Health has confirmed the sixth case of rat lungworm disease in the state. It was recently detected in a visitor to Hawaii Island.

          According to the DOH, the latest visitor to contract the disease lives on the mainland. The individual fell ill in early February and was hospitalized back in the states.

          Lab tests later confirmed it was rat lungworm disease...

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