Patients of the disease called angiostrongyliasis must confront conflicting clinical guidance and a medication price tag, in Alyx Barnett’s case, of $8,599.99
The Department of Health said there were nine reported cases in 2019.
Costly and strict diagnostic protocols mean a long wait to find out if someone has the disease. That may soon change thanks to blood tests in the works at UH Hilo.
The young Big Island family is the third party since February 2019 to sue a restaurant over uncleaned produce that has caused the potentially fatal disease.
More funding is leading to new discoveries as the parasite continues to sicken people in Hawaii.
An east Hawaii Island resident may have contracted the disease in early February. The exact source of the disease could not be identified.
Before the new guidelines, there were no clear or reliable diagnosis and treatment protocols available to Hawaii doctors.
Veterinarians are seeing a lot of cases involving dogs. The disease is treatable — maybe even preventable — but it’s expensive.
Promising work at the University of Hawaii Hilo is drastically underfunded while $1 million is spent on public education about the disease.