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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.
Fifteen other cases — all on Maui or the Big Island — have been reported this year, the most in a decade.
Most of the money will be devoted to public awareness and education efforts, as well as an epidemiological study.
The rodent population on a Hana school campus was recently assessed by representatives of a company that produces the liquid contraceptive.
It seems implausible that a KHON reporter found out about a Hana woman who contracted rat lungworm disease without reading a story published earlier in Honolulu Civil Beat.
Legislation that would have provided support for a team of researchers at the University of Hawaii at Hilo failed to make it out of committee.
As state health officials try to balance public education with preventing panic, some critics believe the state should have addressed the issue more vigorously earlier.
Hana’s public school is closing its agricultural fields, trimming back jungle around the campus and launching an education campaign to control the spread of the parasite.