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Mumps, lungworm cases reach new annual peaks

Four new mumps infections and another case of rat lungworm were confirmed in Hawaii on Thursday, bringing the totals of those disease outbreaks to new annual highs in the state. Read More

Confirmed rat lungworm case brings total to 15 for Hawaii


Updated on  May 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm
One more case of rat lungworm disease was confirmed in Hawaii today, bringing the 2017 total to 15, state health officials said. Read More

Doctors struggle to diagnose rat lungworm disease


Updated on  May 8, 2017 at 12:27 am
It took several trips to doctors before Tatum Larson, a 24-year-old woman who had just moved to Maui for massage school, was finally diagnosed with rat lungworm disease, a condition in which worm larvae infect the brain. Read More

Four more mumps cases, one more rat lungworm in Hawaii


Updated on  May 4, 2017 at 5:55 pm
The state Department of Health confirmed four more cases of mumps in the islands today, bringing the year’s total to 20, as well as one additional case of rat lungworm, which brings that disease total to 14 cases. Read More

Retaliation is blamed for lost lungworm funds


Updated on  May 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm
Hawaii island lawmakers are upset after last-ditch attempts failed in recent days to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for a Hilo lab that has been leading efforts in East Hawaii to study rat lungworm disease and educate the public on ways to prevent it. Read More

Rat lungworm lab is denied funding


Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Budget chairwomen for the House and Senate allocated $1 million earlier this week to the state Department of Health to combat rat lungworm disease. Read More

State officials reassure visitors after brain parasite cases


Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 4:32 pm
A California couple on their honeymoon and two people who drank a homemade herbal beverage are among the rising number of victims in Hawaii falling ill with a potentially deadly brain parasite. Read More

Fight rat lungworm with best practices


Updated on  April 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The official name, angiostrongyliasis, is daunting enough, made even more frightening by the nickname “rat lungworm” disease. Read More

Local greens safe to eat, state says


Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 4:44 pm
Don’t stop eating your (local) veggies. That’s the message from the state Department of Health after reports of local farm revenue declines and some retailers opting to carry only mainland produce over fear of rat lungworm disease. Read More

2 new cases of rat lungworm on Big Island raise state total to 11


Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 8:39 am
Hawaii’s tally of rat lungworm disease cases in 2017 spiked Wednesday to surpass the state’s annual average less than five months into the year. Read More

Rat lungworm cases climb in Hawaii: 2 confirmed, 4 more probable


Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm
State Department of Health officials confirmed two more cases of the parasitic disease rat lungworm today and said another four are suspected. Read More

Blender blades won’t kill rat lungworm parasites


Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm
Question: Would a blender kill any causer of rat lungworm that might be on uncooked vegetables — for example, on fresh kale in a smoothie? Read More

California couple catches rat lungworm

Two newlyweds from California are among the latest victims of the rat lungworm disease that is affecting Hawaii. Read More
Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Avoid rat lungworm disease by washing all local produce


Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm
Kokua Line has received several questions about rat lungworm disease in recent days, thanks to an uptick in cases that has readers asking how to wash local produce and whether it’s safe to walk barefoot in the yard, and about the snails and slugs that transmit parasitic worms to humans. Read More

6 cases of rat lungworm disease have hit Maui in ’17


Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm
Windward Oahu resident Shawzy Cann can personally attest to how debilitating it is to contract rat lungworm disease as health officials sound the alarm over six new cases on Maui in recent weeks. Read More

6 cases of rat lungworm disease reported on Maui

Maui health officials said six cases of rat lungworm disease have been reported over the past three months after the island had seen just two cases of the disease in the previous decade. Read More
Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

Health officials investigate new cases of rat lungworm disease


Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm
Maui health officials said six cases of rat lungworm disease have been reported on the island over the past three months, while the island has seen only two cases of the disease in the past decade. Read More

Bill would fund rat lungworm battle


Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm
State lawmakers are considering pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into research and prevention efforts aimed at combating rat lungworm disease, a condition in which parasitic worm larvae infect people’s brains. Read More

Rat lungworm disease cases on track to top yearly average


Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm
A debilitating, sometimes fatal disease caused by parasites that worm their way into the human brain is the focus of a newly created state joint task force, but some say that’s not what’s needed. Read More

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