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Confirmed rat lungworm case brings total to 15 for Hawaii

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    The total number of rat lungworm cases in 2017 has reached 15.

One more case of rat lungworm disease was confirmed in Hawaii today, bringing the 2017 total to 15, state health officials said.

The Hawaii island resident who caught the disease was hospitalized and discharged, state Department of Health officials reported today.

To date this year, there have been nine confirmed cases on the Big Island and six on Maui, four of which were residents and two who were visitors who stayed on Maui.

Rat lungworm disease is caused by a parasite found in rodents, which can be passed to snails, slugs, crabs and other creatures. The disease can cause damage to the brain and spinal cord and bring nausea, severe pain and temporary paralysis.

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