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                                Richard Creagan: 
                                The Big Isle represen­tative is pressing colleagues to allocate funds to UH-Hilo

Rat lungworm lab is denied funding

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                                Richard Creagan: 
                                The Big Isle represen­tative is pressing colleagues to allocate funds to UH-Hilo

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
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2009
                                A semi-slug, left, next to a Cuban slug, right, on Hawaii island, as seen in a photo provided by the state Department of Health. A rising number of rat lungworm cases in Hawaii could be blamed on a recent influx on Maui of a semi-slug that can carry the disease, according to the health department.

State officials reassure visitors after brain parasite cases

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2009
                                A semi-slug, left, next to a Cuban slug, right, on Hawaii island, as seen in a photo provided by the state Department of Health. A rising number of rat lungworm cases in Hawaii could be blamed on a recent influx on Maui of a semi-slug that can carry the disease, according to the health department.

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
Rat lungworm parasite.

Fight rat lungworm with best practices

Rat lungworm parasite.

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
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                                Hawaii farmers are taking a hit from consumers and some retailers who believe it is safer not to deal with local produce over fear of rat lungworm disease.

Local greens safe to eat, state says

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii farmers are taking a hit from consumers and some retailers who believe it is safer not to deal with local produce over fear of rat lungworm disease.

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
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, right, spoke Wednesday at a news conference about rat lungworm disease after two new cases were reported on Hawaii island. Also at the table are state Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler, left; HTA President and CEO George Szigeti; Sanitation Branch Chief Peter Oshiro; and Hawaii Farm Bureau Executive Director Brian Miyamoto.

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

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, right, spoke Wednesday at a news conference about rat lungworm disease after two new cases were reported on Hawaii island. Also at the table are state Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler, left; HTA President and CEO George Szigeti; Sanitation Branch Chief Peter Oshiro; and Hawaii Farm Bureau Executive Director Brian Miyamoto.

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
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Department of Health Director Virginia Pressler, left, and other officials speak about rat lungworm disease at a press conference this afternoon at the department’s headquarters on Punchbowl Street.

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

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Department of Health Director Virginia Pressler, left, and other officials speak about rat lungworm disease at a press conference this afternoon at the department’s headquarters on Punchbowl Street.

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
COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
                                A rat lungworm parasite.

Blender blades won’t kill rat lungworm parasites

COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
                                A rat lungworm parasite.

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
COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
                                A rat lungworm parasite.

Avoid rat lungworm disease by washing all local produce

COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
                                A rat lungworm parasite.

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
Rat lungworm parasite.

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

Rat lungworm parasite.

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
COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
                                A rat lungworm parasite.

Health officials investigate new cases of rat lungworm disease

COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
                                A rat lungworm parasite.

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
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                                The rat lungworm parasite.

Bill would fund rat lungworm battle

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                                The rat lungworm parasite.

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
COURTESY KAY HOWE
                                Graham McCumber, of Hilo, was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 26, 2008. He was released on April 30, 2009. He went into a coma on Jan. 12, and was pretty much determined to be out of a coma but the time he was released, or about 3.5 months.

Rat lungworm disease cases on track to top yearly average

COURTESY KAY HOWE
                                Graham McCumber, of Hilo, was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 26, 2008. He was released on April 30, 2009. He went into a coma on Jan. 12, and was pretty much determined to be out of a coma but the time he was released, or about 3.5 months.

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