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Climate change could increase rat lungworm’s range

  • COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

    This graphic shows the areas, represented by black dots, where rat lungworm was found by University of Hawaii researchers, while the white dots show areas where it was not found.

  • COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

    This undated image shows the giant African snail, Lissachatina fulica (By R. Rollins). Slugs or snails infected with rat lungworm parasites can pass them along to humans who happen to eat all or part of the tiny animals, often on raw, unwashed produce.

University of Hawaii researchers have found that rat lungworm disease is poised to expand its range under the spell of climate change, a fact that could leave more people vulnerable than ever before. Read more

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