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Rat Lungworm Disease

Task Force Sets New Guidelines For Treating Rat Lungworm Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Task Force Sets New Guidelines For Treating Rat Lungworm

Before the new guidelines, there were no clear or reliable diagnosis and treatment protocols available to Hawaii doctors.

Big Island: Rat Lungworm Threatens Animals — Especially Puppies Courtesy of Richard Malik

Big Island: Rat Lungworm Threatens Animals — Especially Puppies

Veterinarians are seeing a lot of cases involving dogs. The disease is treatable — maybe even preventable — but it’s expensive.

Alan McNarie: Lab’s Rat Lungworm Research Finally Gave This Man A Diagnosis Courtesy of Kana Covington

Alan McNarie: Lab’s Rat Lungworm Research Finally Gave This Man A Diagnosis

Promising work at the University of Hawaii Hilo is drastically underfunded while $1 million is spent on public education about the disease.

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu

Fifteen other cases — all on Maui or the Big Island — have been reported this year, the most in a decade.

Rat Lungworm: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rat Lungworm: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease

Most of the money will be devoted to public awareness and education efforts, as well as an epidemiological study.

Tad Bartimus: Can Rat Contraception Be A Weapon In War On Lungworm? Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Tad Bartimus: Can Rat Contraception Be A Weapon In War On Lungworm?

The rodent population on a Hana school campus was recently assessed by representatives of a company that produces the liquid contraceptive.

Reader Rep: What’s Worse Than Stealing Credit For A Story? The Cover Up Courtesy of Tricia Mynar

Reader Rep: What’s Worse Than Stealing Credit For A Story? The Cover Up

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.

Lawmakers Provide No Money For Rat Lungworm Research Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Provide No Money For Rat Lungworm Research

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.

Should Hawaii Have Gotten Serious About Rat Lungworm Sooner? Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Have Gotten Serious About Rat Lungworm Sooner?

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.

Tad Bartimus: Hana’s Do-It-Yourself Battle Against Rat Lungworm Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Tad Bartimus: Hana’s Do-It-Yourself Battle Against Rat Lungworm

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.

Six New Rat Lungworm Cases Reported In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Six New Rat Lungworm Cases Reported In Hawaii

As many as six people on the Big Island may have contracted the parasitic infection after drinking a homemade kava brew.

VIDEO: The Creepy Collaboration That Creates Rat Lungworm Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

VIDEO: The Creepy Collaboration That Creates Rat Lungworm

A UH professor describes how the trouble starts with rats and snails or slugs, but he also tells you how to avoid the parasitic worms.

Rat Lungworm Disease